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The proposed Kenya - USA Free Trade Agreement

On 6 February 2020, US President Trump announced that the United States intends to initiate trade agreement negotiations with the Republic of Kenya following a meeting at the White House with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. The announcement came while the US-Kenya Trade and Investment Working Group held its third meeting in Washington (see inaugural meeting, second meeting) - having been established earlier by President Trump and President Kenyatta in August 2018 in order to lay the groundwork for a stronger bilateral trade relationship.

The bilateral negotiations commenced on July 7, 2020 (see joint statement). 

The charts below provide some broad background data context to current Kenya-US trade in goods; followed by a selection of recent international news updates and documents on the topic. 

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Kenya's Kenya-US FTA negotiating principles - June 2020

Kenya's Kenya-US FTA negotiating principles - June 2020

Kenya and the US, nin February 2020 jointly announced their intent to initiate negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between themselves. Towards this end, the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development having consulted and heard from from various stakeholders developed Negotiating Objectives and Principles to guide the negotiations for this first bilateral FTA between Kenya and the US. This is now made...

Author Kenya Ministry of Industrialisation Trade and Enterprise Development
Organisation Kenya Ministry of Industrialisation Trade and Enterprise Development
Publication Date 22 June 2020
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US-Kenya FTA negotiating principles - May 2020

US-Kenya FTA negotiating principles - May 2020

On March 17, 2020, the Trump Administration notified Congress that the President intends to negotiate a trade agreement with the Republic of Kenya, in accordance with section 105(a)(1)(A) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act). This notification was made following a February 6, 2020, meeting at the White House between President Trump and Kenyan President...

Author USTR
Organisation USTR
Publication Date 28 May 2020
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US Trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent developments 2020 Report

US Trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent developments 2020 Report

This report provides information on U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In particular, it analyzes the sectors in which U.S. trade in goods and services with SSA showed the strongest growth during 2016–18; identifies SSA countries for which U.S. exports, imports, and outward foreign direct investment (FDI) increased the most during the period; and highlights the main factors behind this growth. Focusing on several SSA...

Author USITC - Investigation No.: 332-564
Organisation USITC
Publication Date 25 March 2020
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2019 US National trade estimate report on foreign trade barriers

2019 US National trade estimate report on foreign trade barriers

The 2019 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) is the 34th in an annual series that highlights significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports, U.S. foreign direct investment, and U.S. electronic commerce. This document is a companion piece to the President’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and 2018 Annual Report, published by Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in March.

Author United States Trade Representative
Organisation USTR
Publication Date 15 March 2019
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Brochure - AGOA performance and country profile of Kenya

Brochure - AGOA performance and country profile of Kenya

An overview of Kenya's participation and utilisation of AGOA preferences since 2000, including relevant trade data and sector-focus.  Double-sided A4 brochure. For printing purposes, set 'fit to page' on your printer. [UPDATED MARCH 2019]

Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Trade Law Centre (tralac)
Publication Date 21 December 2018
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Kenya - National AGOA Strategy 2018-2023

Kenya - National AGOA Strategy 2018-2023

Prepared by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives with support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. The Kenya National African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Strategy and Action Plan (2018 – 2023) provides strategies and actions for increasing exports to the United States (U.S.) informed by an analysis of identified priority sectors. The overall approach...

Author Kenya Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives
Publication Date 30 July 2018
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