US and Kenya start trade talks

President Trump says the US will begin trade talks with Kenya. Trump made the announcement after a meeting Thursday with the president of Kenya at the White House.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says Kenya is an important strategic partner and there is potential to deepen economic and commercial ties. He says they look forward to negotiating a comprehensive, high-standard agreement that can serve as a model for additional agreements across Africa.

A free trade deal with Kenya could help the US counter China’s investment in Africa.

Kenya negotiators agreed to adoption of a phytosanitary protocol that will give US wheat growers in Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho access to Kenya’s $470 million wheat market for the first time in over a decade.

Annual exports of US wheat to Kenya between January and November 2019 were $27 million. Trade between the two countries is about $1 billion annually.

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