Kenya's Chief Negotiator, Principal Secretary for Trade and Enterprise Development Amb. Johnson Weru with UK's Deputy Trade Commissioner for Africa Rebecca Fisher Lamb after initialing the trade continuity agreement (KE - UK Economic Partnership Agreement) at Harambee House on Tuesday 3rd November, 2020
We are delighted to announce the Agreement in Principle of the Kenya/EAC -UK Economic Partnership Agreement. When, as expected, the agreement enters into effect force at the end year this will secure long-term duty free and quota free access to the UK for Kenyan exports and our overall trade and economic arrangements. This agreement will provide continuity for our businesses, investors and supply chains and will set the foundation for further economic and development opportunities in the future.
The agreement is based on the text originally agreed and initialled by the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU), and is open to other EAC Member States to join. We have been working closely with the EAC Member States throughout and hope that they will join the agreement as soon as possible.
[Today] our officials have ‘initialled’ the text, marking the end of the formal negotiations. The text will now be prepared for signature in the coming weeks before it is submitted to our respective national processes including Parliaments to complete ratification processes.
Today’s agreement is a crucial step towards enhancing the trade, investment and development relationship between the UK and Kenya. We will use this agreement as the catalyst to deepen our mutual prosperity alongside the other areas of cooperation in our Strategic Partnership that includes security, sustainable development, climate change and people to people pillars.