US Chamber of commerce visits Kenya to discuss trade

The US Chamber of commerce has pledged its continued support in lobbing for Kenya to be granted direct flights to the USA. This was said when President Uhuru Kenyatta met with the visiting US Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant to discuss business ties between Kenya and the United States.

The government said it has increased security at the Airport and taken additional steps to secure the flight path which was one of the key concerns highlighted by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

On the other hand, Kenya is set to be among the key beneficiaries from the renewal of the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act AGOA which is set to be renewed in September this year. Negotiations for the renewal of Kenya’s Beneficiary status are set to be concluded before the September deadline.

The Kenya government in partnership with the private sector will form a Kenya US business council to forge new economic ties between the two countries. Key areas of focus under the council will be increasing business to business partnerships, exploitation of new trade opportunities and development of policy to increase trade between the two countries.

The government shall also work with KEPSA and the US Chamber of commerce to organize an EAC US business summit to be held in September or October this year to expound and firm up on negotiations and partnerships forged during the US Africa Leaders’ Summit held in August last year.

The meeting also explored means of expanding trade facilitation and positioning Kenya and the wider East African community to benefit from new programs set to be launched by the United States to facilitate trade. The programs include Trade Africa which seeks increase internal and regional trade within the EAC and Power Africa which seeks to increase access to power.

The meeting held at Harambee House brought together the government, members of the US business community under the US Chamber of commerce and the private sector under the leadership of KEPSA (where KFC is a member), to firm up on discussions initiated during the US Africa Leadership Summit held in August last year. In attendance were top government officials including Foreign Affairs Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed and her Industrialization Counterpart Adan Mohamed. The private sector was represented by KEPSA CEO Carole Kariuki and KEPSA Director Kiprono Kittony who is the national Chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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