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US seeks companies’ views on trade pact with Kenya

US seeks companies’ views on trade pact with Kenya

President Donald Trump’s administration has asked American and Kenyan firms to share their views on the proposed fresh free trade window as it lays grounds for the pact. The call follows last week’s announcement that the two countries have formally begun negotiations on the proposed trade deal, which was mooted when President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the US last...

25 March, 2020
Kenya: 'US cranks up trade deal with Kenya'

Kenya: 'US cranks up trade deal with Kenya'

Kenya's deal with the US for a Free Trade Agreement is taking shape with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notifying Congress officially of a plan that is likely to threaten the unity of the East African Community. In a letter dated March 17, 2020, President Trump through Mr Lighthizer wrote to Nancy Pelosi, US Senate Speaker; Senator Charles Schumer,...

25 March, 2020
Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to negotiate trade agreement with Kenya

Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to negotiate trade agreement with Kenya

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today notified Congress that the Trump Administration will negotiate a trade agreement with Kenya. “Under President Trump’s leadership, we look forward to negotiating and concluding a comprehensive, high-standard agreement with Kenya that can serve as a model for...

18 March, 2020
Op-Ed: 'As it plans a new free trade deal with the US, Kenya must watch its steps'

Op-Ed: 'As it plans a new free trade deal with the US, Kenya must watch its steps'

In January, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his US counterpart Donald Trump announced their intention of signing a free trade agreement between the two countries. This would be the second such bilateral agreement with an African country, following the 2004 Morocco-US trade agreement. Africa-US trade relationship is covered under the African Growth Opportunity Act...

26 February, 2020
A deal is as good as local content laws that back it

A deal is as good as local content laws that back it

There has been disquiet over the fact that Kenya and the US have initiated talks that should culminate in the signing of an exclusive trade deal between the two, an agreement touted as the model the US will adopt in its trade relations with other African countries after the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) rolled out by President Bill Clinton in 2000 ends in...

22 February, 2020
'A note to Kenya on its trade talks with the US: There is strength in numbers'

'A note to Kenya on its trade talks with the US: There is strength in numbers'

The recent announcement by the US and Kenya that they will initiate negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) has elicited concern within the African trade community. Although the process, road map and end date of these negotiations remain to be worked out, it suffices that we reflect on possible reasons for this initiative, its ramifications on Kenya’s role as a lead...

20 February, 2020