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Introduction

Kenya and United States of America (USA) have strong and deep-rooted diplomatic
relations which have existed since 1964. This is demonstrated by Kenya hosting one of the
largest US diplomatic missions in Africa. Similarly, Kenya has an Embassy in Washington DC.

On the trade front, USA and Kenya have strong trade relations demonstrated by growing
exports and imports which have grown over the years. USA is the third significant
destination market for Kenya, a position that has been sustained over the years after the
East Africa Community (EAC), European Union (EU) and Common Market for Eastern and
Southern Africa (COMESA). Kenya’s excellent export performance in the USA is mainly
attributed to the duty-free market access preferential treatment under Africa Growth
Opportunity Act (AGOA).

KENYA-USA FTA Negotiating Principles, Objectives and Scope 220620As AGOA expires in 2025, Kenya’s option for trading with the USA will be in accordance to
the WTO, to be either under Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) because of Kenya’s
status as a developing country or a trade arrangement under Free Trade Area as provided
under WTO’s Article xxiv of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994.