Biden Set to Review Kenya's Trump-Era Trade Agreements

The new U.S. administration reportedly wants to ensure the negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement and talks objectives, are consistent with President Joe Biden's U.S.$4 trillion revamp of the American economy, focusing on an industrial policy that will keep an eye on climate change. This means that the start of the trade talks could be delayed and the objectives of the bilateral pact recast, to recognise Biden's agenda with some of the aims of the negotiations set by the former U.S. president Donald Trump administration likely to be dropped. A trade agreement with Kenya, which would be the first U.S. free trade deal in sub-Saharan Africa, comes amid a growing concern about China's investments across Africa. The Biden administration is reportedly seeking to cut China's share of the global trade. Kenya and the US formally launched negotiations in July 2020 for a bilateral trade pact that the two economies hoped could serve as a model for additional agreements across Africa.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and former U.S. president Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC during an official visit on August 27, 2018 (file photo).

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