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Kenya prepares for export growth under AGOA

Published on June 17, 2019

The USAID Hub provided technical support at a training on AGOA organized by Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, which raised early career trade officers’ understanding of the trade preference program. One of the 54 participants remarked, "The most valuable things I learned from the workshop were what AGOA really is and how I can build the capacity of others in my office and in the counties."

Mr. Peter Njoroge, Director, External Trade in the State Department for Trade officially opened the workshop on June 13 on behalf of the Principal Secretary, Dr. Chris Kiptoo. He set the stage for the next two days by highlighting the importance of the U.S. as a trade partner for Kenya and the need to make full use of AGOA benefits.

The training’s 14 modules covered areas that would build participants’ capacity to help the country fully leverage its duty-free access to the U.S. market for almost 7,000 tariff lines. Topics included an overview of AGOA, an assessment of the U.S. market, Kenya’s National AGOA Strategy, the delivery of trade promotion technical support services, the export processing zones scheme, U.S. sanitary and phytosanitary requirements, the Food Safety Modernization Act and customs and logistics processes for exporters to the U.S. under AGOA. These sessions were complemented by lessons shared by successful AGOA exporters, NewWide Garments EPZ and Jungle Macs EPZ Ltd., and a discussion on likely scenarios following the end of AGOA in 2025.

The USAID Hub’s Director of Trade Promotion and AGOA and Market Linkages Specialist led workshop sessions and shared USAID Hub resources, including the Kenya AGOA 101 primer and U.S. end market reports for select sectors. The USAID Hub’s Deputy Chief of Party encouraged participants to use and share the materials to effectively implement the Kenyan National AGOA Strategy, 2018-2023, supporting Kenya to meet its goal to double exports to the U.S. by 2023.

To learn more about AGOA and Kenya’s strategies to maximize exports, please see materials on the USAID Hub’s website, including the Kenya National AGOA Strategy, 2018-2023, the Kenya AGOA 101 and the end market reports for coffee, tea, textiles and apparel, home décor and fashion accessories, and cut flowers.

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