WTO members are currently trying to figure out the possible nature and scope of the “new issues” pushed by some for being introduced in multilateral trade negotiations. At this meeting, East African delegates to the WTO were updated on their stakeholders' perspectives and exchanged views regarding the possible introduction of Competition Policy on the WTO agenda, which is sometimes mentionned as a possible "new issue". Discussions highlighted that, given its nascent stage in the EAC, it is too early to be introduced in WTO negotiations. Rather, stakeholders recommended that efforts first focus on strengthening it nationally and harmonising it regionally, calling for human capacity, infrastructure, and institutional development assistance in this regard.
East African delegates to the WTO discussed an analytical note prepared at their request to exmine existing non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and their effect on EAC exports. Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) are both governmental measures that regulate trade in goods and services.