Members of the EAC meet regularly to discuss development plans. Ties have grown stronger among the group of six nations, which have abolished customs duties. They're even planning to introduce a common currency within a decade.
Ugandan lawmakers have challenged the legality of the long-awaited East African e-passport, stalling launch preparations. This highlights the strains within the EAC, says Ugandan writer and blogger Eric Mwine-Mugaju.
The European Commission has slashed its 2019 growth forecast by almost a third to 1.3 percent. It has cited "global uncertainties" and "trade tensions" for its decision.
The EU has begun the process of ending Cambodia's preferential trade deal with the bloc. It says the country needs to do more to address human rights issues at home.
Africa is trading - just not within the continent. The African Union wants to change this and launch the world's largest free trade area. The plan has potential, but some member states are keeping the AU in suspense.
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