Kenya Engaging With UK and US to Review Trade Agreements

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Workers in the grading hall of Harvest Limited Athi River flower farm. They defoliate, size, bunch, and pack the bouquets. Harvest Ltd has been Fairtrade certified since 2011.

Kenya is engaging with the United Kingdom and the U.S  to review the trade agreements, Parliament was informed on Thursday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta while delivering his 7th State of the Nation Address to Parliament is based on the “greater diplomatic goodwill and deeper international friendships” that the country is enjoying that is necessitating the discussions.

“We are engaging with the United Kingdom to evolve an arrangement that will guarantee us continued access to the United Kingdom Market, following its exit from the European Union,” President Kenyatta noted.

“Similarly, we are proactively consulting with the United States of America for a solution that will ensure Kenya’s continued access to the United States market beyond 2025 when the African Growth and Opportunity Act comes to an end without the need for that Pact’s further renewal,” he added.

President Kenyatta clarified that they still have obligations on the regional, continental, and global stages.

“That said, we also do not lose sight of the tremendous opportunities available regionally, continentally, and globally for Kenya to deepen our shared prosperity.

The East African Community remains Kenya’s foremost trade and investment priority.”