NAIROBI, January 19 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday reiterated Kenya’s determination to conclude the ongoing trade negotiations with the US and sign a Free Trade Agreement.
President Kenyatta said this when he bid farewell to outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter at State House, Nairobi.
Uhuru said the FTA will build on the successes achieved under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by ushering in better and bigger trade opportunities and prospects for Kenya.
“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 President said.
Kenya and the US launched trade negotiations on July 8, 2020 with the aim of crafting a comprehensive FTA that will serve as a model for similar pacts across Africa.
President Kenyatta thanked the US government for the support Kenya continues to receive in the security sector especially the fight against terrorism and the response against Covid-19.
On his part, Ambassador McCarter thanked President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya for making his two-year tour of duty successful.
“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,” Amb McCarter said.
Uhuru wished McCarter success in his future endeavours.
The meeting was attended by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs CS Ambassador Raychelle Omamo.