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Deepening Kenya-U.S. relations: Prospects for President Obama’s visit to Kenya

Published on July 29, 2015

Kenya-U.S. trade relations are particularly anchored on the AGOA regime. Kenya’s total exports to the U.S. have steadily increased in the last few years. For example, the value of exports to the U.S. in 2014 was $420.8 million, an increase from $247.2 million in 2010. Kenya’s main exports to the U.S. include articles of apparel and clothing accessories, coffee, titanium ores, and concentrates. The value of imports from the U.S. has also been on the rise since 2010. While the value of imports was $431.8 million in 2010, it increased substantially to $1.85 billion in 2014. Kenya should capitalize on this growing relationship and take advantage of the U.S. president’s visit to seek more concessions from Washington in order to benefit more Kenyan exporters in accessing the U.S. market. For example, small-holder farmers and entrepreneurs are yet to realize the full benefits of this bilateral agreement. The majority is not even aware of its existence, and the few who are aware of the opportunity are unable to fully maximize on it in order to make profits. Here is a major opportunity for growth. Similarly, how to better utilize the Partnership for Growth and Trade Africa, which also hold great potential for Kenya, should be an important piece of the trade discussions. Read more. Source | Brookings