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Kenya and the US reiterate their commitment to conclude trade negotiations

Following the fifth round of negotiations under the Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) between the United States and Kenya, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Trade and Industry Rebecca Miano have reiterated their commitment to conclude negotiations finalize the mutually shared goals and values ​​by the end of the year.

CS Miano said the two sides have made significant progress in several areas, including anti-corruption; micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); domestic regulatory services; and the first tranche of the agricultural text. “These provisions are intended to facilitate trade in agricultural products and promote food security; prevent and combat bribery and other forms of corruption; empowerment of SMEs in both economies; and ensuring that service providers are treated fairly and transparently,” explains CS Miano.

The two sides also agreed to continue negotiations in other areas to increase investment, promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, benefit workers and support African regional economic integration. These provisions are intended to ensure efficient customs procedures and improve enforcement cooperation; promote workers’ rights and protections; promote and support environmental and climate change objectives; provide citizens, traders and other interested parties with greater transparency on regulatory processes; and facilitate trade in agricultural products and increase transparency and understanding of the application of science- and risk-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures and sustainable agricultural practices.

The two sides recently concluded conceptual discussions on how the STIP can promote the full, equitable and meaningful participation in international trade and investment of all persons, including women, youth, persons with disabilities, other vulnerable populations and the African diaspora. Assistant United States Trade Representative Constance Hamilton and Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Trade Alfred K’Ombudo, who are leading the negotiating teams, also co-chaired a public listening session.

After announcing the launch of the STIP negotiations in July 2022, the United States and Kenya began conceptual discussions in Washington, DC, in February 2023, and began text-based negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya, in April 2023. The two sides have each hosted subsequent rounds of negotiations, including the previous in-person round of negotiations held in Washington, DC from April 2 to 12, 2024.

The next round of negotiations will take place in June 2024.

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