Kenya has withdrawn from the proposed ban on second hand clothes by the East African regional block after threats by the United States to review trade benefits to specifically the 3 countries Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Dr Chris Kiptoo the Kenya’s Trade and Industrialization Principal Secretary said the country had decided to comply with the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) conditions.
“When we saw the petition filed in March, we knew that the lobby group had strong arguments,” he said.
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan decided to fully ban imported second-hand clothes and shoes by 2019, arguing it would help member countries boost domestic clothes manufacturing.
This prompted a sharp reaction from the US which supplies most second hand clothes in the region