Kenya, US launch talks on free trade agreement

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Kenya hopes to promote the export of textiles, clothing, tea, coffee and fish to the US - currently Kenya's third-largest export market and seventh overall trading partner.
  • More than 70 percent of Kenya's exports are duty-free under Agoa.
  • Critics argue, however, that it would jeopardise agreements Kenya has with its east African neighbours, as well as a planned continent-wide free trade area.

Kenya on Wednesday launched talks to seal a free trade agreement with the United States which it hopes will transform its economy, despite criticism it will undermine regional integration.

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