Kenya, U.S. hold talks on free trade agreement

  and the United States have held virtual talks on signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Betty Maina, ’s cabinet of Ministry of Industrialisation Trade and Enterprise Development said in a statement on Thursday.

Maina said that she had  discussed with Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative, following on the FTA negotiations that been going on since 2020.

The two officials underlined the need for and the U.S. to be guided by a robust trade policy that promote the mutual interests of the majority of the Kenyan and American people.

“This ensure that trade partnerships support the development of the two countries, including creating jobs and promoting growth,’’ Maina said.

The negotiations for FTA which commenced on July 8, 2020, stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent U.S. .

Two rounds of negotiations have been conducted so far.

The two countries said that they explore a viable medium to long-term approach to their future trade relations in the context of the wider of the U.S. trade and development of policy for Africa.

Tai requested Kenya to partner with the U.S. in developing this strategy and supporting the regional integration in Africa.

The fate of trade talks remains uncertain as Washington realigns its interests under the new Biden . (Xinhua/NAN)