President Uhuru Kenyatta and US ambassador Kyle McCarter [photo: The Star]
Jan, 20th 2021 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has restated Kenya’s determination, to the ongoing negotiations with the United States of America and signed a free trade agreement.
Speaking at State House Nairobi, the president said the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will build on the successes achieved under African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), giving Kenya better trade opportunities.
The Head of State said, “We appreciate what has been achieved through AGOA, but it is time we moved to much more closer trade arrangements that are mutually beneficial. We will not lose focus on concluding the FTA.”
The ongoing trade negotiations began in July last year, and are expected to enter the third round once the US administration settles in office. The comprehensive agreement on the deal is expected to be announced by the end of the year.
President Kenyatta thanked the US Government for their continued support especially in the security sector in the fight against terrorism and against Covid-19.
The President Spoke while bidding farewell to the outgoing US ambassador Kyle McCarter who had paid him a courtesy visit.
McCarter on his part thanked President Kenyatta for making his tour of duty in the country a success. He said, “I am a fortunate man to have served Kenya as US ambassador. I will be visiting Kenya from time to time and I hope I will be able to bring more investors.”
President Kenyatta wished the outgoing US envoy success in his future endeavors in a meeting attended by Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo and Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua.