On the sidelines of the World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Kenya’s Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina met. This came after a successful consultation conference of experts from the two nations in Kenya in May 2022 to discuss measures to improve bilateral trade and investment relations. Ambassador Tai and Cabinet Secretary Maina agreed to look into ways to strengthen their bilateral trade and economic relationship to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, benefit workers, consumers, and businesses (including micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises), and support African regional economic integration.
They talked about a variety of issues where the US and Kenya might work together to build an ambitious roadmap for increased collaboration and, if necessary, negotiate high-standard pledges. Trade facilitation and customs, standards, services digital trade, the environment, climate change, and agriculture are among the topics highlighted. The two countries will work together to complete a list of areas for cooperation to increase economic engagement as a next step, and the two ministers agreed to meet again in the coming weeks to announce further measures.