Kenya-US trade talks to begin in a week’s time: President Kenyatta



Halligan Agade|CGTN News

The much-anticipated trade talks between Kenya and the United States of America are slated to start on 7th July 2020 according to Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr. Kenyatta said the Kenyan negotiating team that includes the country’s envoy in Washington DC is ready to start the negotiations.

“We are still on schedule to start negotiations which are scheduled to start on July 7th,” President told the forum.

He said the talks which will lead to the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) between Kenya and the US have been designed to kick off on the same day the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) comes into effect.

“What we did agree is that all negotiations will come into play as soon as the African Continental Free Trade Area comes into effect, so that’s July, the first week of July, July 7th in particular,” the President said.

He spoke on Friday evening at State House, Nairobi during a virtual leaders forum on US-Africa trade convened by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).

CCA is an American business association established in 1993 and whose objective is to promote business and investment between the US and Africa.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo also addressed the forum whose theme was, “Resiliency in Action: Sustaining Regional and Bilateral Trade Post COVID-19″.

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