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Kenya Prepares a Free Trade Agreement with the USA

Kenya has become the first African country to start negotiations with the USA for a free trade agreement (FTA). The USA was Kenya’s third-biggest trading partner in 2019, importing the US $667m worth of clothing, fruit, nuts and coffee, while Kenya imported $433m from the USA. The USA has indicated that in 2025 it plans to scrape the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which gives 39 sub-Saharan African countries duty-free access to the American market. FTAs are obviously the preferred route for the USA.

Meanwhile, the USA has contributed US$600,000 to help developing and least-developed countries (LCDs) participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation will finance training workshops for officials from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) member governments to help them deepen their understanding of multilateral trade rules and strengthen their negotiating capacity.

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Alastair Tempest

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