WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Deputy United States Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi today held the first in-person meeting with Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria, the Kenyan Minister of Investments, Trade, and Industry ahead of the United States – Africa Leaders Summit. Ambassador Tai expressed her gratitude to the Kenyan government for welcoming her to Nairobi when she lead the U.S. presidential delegation to the inauguration of President Ruto.
Ambassador Tai, Ambassador Bianchi and Cabinet Secretary Kuria discussed plans to begin expert engagement on the issues identified in the July 14, 2022 joint statement launching the United States-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership. They highlighted how the initiative aligns with the Ruto Administration’s domestic objective of greater economic inclusiveness as well as its objective of advancing African continental trade integration.
Ambassador Tai and Cabinet Secretary Kuria also discussed expectations for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial meeting that she will host on December 13 with her counterparts from AGOA beneficiary countries, senior officials of African regional economic institutions and Members of Congress. They agreed to stay in touch on these and other issues in the future.