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Kenya and United States trade partnership begins negotiations

The US began talks with Kenya on a trade agreement. The goal is to help Kenya address some of its top issues, like corruption and climate change, while doing good for the economy as well.

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There will be discussions with Kenya on a strategic partnership that aims at supporting Kenya’s economy while also addressing climate change, corruption, and regulations, among other issues.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office on Thursday, the STIP between the United States and Kenya is “an ambitious roadmap” for “economically meaningful outcomes.

U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina announced the partnership on Thursday via videoconference from Washington.

As part of their discussions, the two countries will also focus on advancing and enhancing digital trade; customs procedures; and workers’ rights.

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As part of the partnership, Kenya’s MSMEs will be encouraged to participate in international trade and the partnership will look at ways to integrate MSMEs into the international trade arena.

For more than a year, the Trump administration has said it intends to negotiate a trade agreement with Kenya in 2020.

In a statement following the announcement, Tai stated that she is eager to begin talks with Kenya within the next three months.

As one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing regions in the world, Africa, we also hope that this initiative can serve as a model for trade policy engagement in Africa,” Tai wrote.

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