NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to review its trade strategy
to boost exports to the United States, officials said on
Principal Secretary in the Ministry for Trade, told a
media briefing that the first African Growth and
Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy for Kenya was developed
conducting an in-depth review of the current strategy in
order to take stock of its implementation and success as
well as to suggest interventions to boosting exports to
the United States,” Kiptoo said.
“Furthermore, within the new dispensation of devolved
system of government, the strategy will collaborate with
the county governments, as appropriate, to exploit the
potential market,” he said during the validation
workshop on the national AGOA strategy review.
AGOA is a
preferential market access system given to specific
countries in Africa and the Caribbean by the United
trade agreement, most of sub-Saharan African countries
are allowed to export some products duty free to the
Since it was
put in place by the U.S. in May, 2000, AGOA that mainly
caters for textile and apparels trade, has been extended
four times, the latest being in June, 2015, when it was
extended for a further ten years to 2025.
Trade data indicates that the United States is currently
Kenya’s third largest export destination.
that Kenyan exports to the United States have grown from
110 million dollars in 2000 to 551.5 million dollars in
exports to U.S. comprise mainly textiles and apparels
made in the export processing zones.