EYEAFRICA TV: Washington, United States: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that a new bilateral trade deal between Kenya and the United States won’t undermine the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The Kenyan leader spoke shortly after a meeting with the United States President Donald Trump at the White House during which the two agreed to commence talks leading to a trade pact between Kenya and the US.
Kenyatta made the assurance when he addressed over 350 business leaders attending a US-Kenya Trade Forum in the US capital. He said the proposed new trade arrangement with the United States of America would in no way undermine Kenya’s commitment to the Africa.
At the White House meeting, Presidents Kenyatta and Trump said a new trade agreement would help increase volumes of trade and investment between Kenya and the US.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer who spoke shortly after the meeting between Presidents Kenyatta and Trump said, America recognizes Kenya as a leader in Africa and an important strategic partner of the US.
He said a new trade agreement presents the two countries a rare opportunity to explore ways of deepening Kenya-US economic and commercial ties. In line with the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability law of 2015, the Trade Representative will now officially notify Congress of the US government’s intention to start trade negotiations with Kenya.
Kenyatta told the Kenya-US forum that his administration is committed to developing and concluding the strongest ever trade and investment framework that would deliver increased trade between the two nations.
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