14th July 2022

On 14 July 2022, the United States-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership was virtually launched. It brings a collaborative opportunity on common goals like the environment, commerce facilitation, labour, digital trade, and sound regulatory practices. It will encourage adaptability and support inclusive, sustainable economic growth that will benefit both the planet and the states’ workforce. The program will also be used as a template for African trade policy engagement.

  • In their discussions in the meeting held on 14 July 2022, they highlighted these listed issues where they would work together to negotiate high-standard commitments to produce economically significant and diplomatically significant results:

  • Agriculture- improve its trade, transparency, and comprehension of its science and risk-based Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls.

  • anti-corruption- a shared dedication to prevent and combat corruption.

  • standards’ collaboration- rules that impact commerce; reduce trade barriers.

  • trade facilitation and customs procedure- streamline processes, permitting new trading.

  • supporting the participation of women, youth, and others in trade- identify resources to support the economic their empowerment.

  • digital trade- measures to support digital inclusion, accessibility, and online consumer protection.

  • environment and climate change action- its protection and conservation.

  • MSMEs- integrating MSMEs into international trade.

  • good regulatory practices and the promotion of workers’ rights.

The US and Kenya governments will start working in 3 months to develop a detailed roadmap for engagement in each of these areas.