Wednesday, June 7, 2023


A high-powered government delegation is this week expected in London for the
Economic Partnership Agreement and Investment meeting that Kenya will leverage to
intensify pitches to investors in efforts to net $10 billion in Foreign Direct
Investments this year.

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), was signed on December 8, 2020 and
ratified in March 2021, with its two key objectives being; to provide full duty-free and
quota-free market access conditions for goods originating in EAC Partner States into
the market of the UK on a secure, long- term and predictable basis; and to preserve
and improve market access conditions to ensure that Kenya fully benefits from the
EPA. In economic terms, the EPA provides a good framework for strengthening of
the strategic cooperation between Kenya and UK in the areas of trade, investment,
research, innovation & development, value addition and capacity building, among
others, towards encouraging and promoting improved relations at both Government
and private sector level.

The Economic partnership agreement allows Kenya and UK to maintain trade
relations post Brexit and grants Kenyan goods, particularly horticulture exports duty free access to the UK. Through the EPA agreement, Kenya and UK have undertaken operations on market access and business environment issues having held discussions in March 2022 as well as the Trade and Business environment road show in the UK.

The UK is supporting the Kenyan business environment, particularly on tax and
customs, intellectual property and counterfeit goods, public procurement, and
research and development

The institutional governance framework of EPA comprises of EPA Council,
Committee of Senior Officials and Consultative Committee. The EPA Council co chaired by The Cabinet Secretary for Investments Trade and Industry, comprises of Cabinet Secretaries for; National Treasury & Planning, East African Community & Regional Development, Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries and The Attorney General.

Hon. Moses K. Kuria, who is leading the high-powered government delegation to the
London talks, will be accompanied by among others Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter
Anyang Nyong’o. Kisumu County is among beneficiaries of deals between Kenya
and the UK, which have been spearheaded by the Ministry of Investment, Trade and
Industry, Cabinet Secretary

As part of the four-day investor engagement, an investment forum hosted by His
Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, John Humphrey, delegations from both
countries will witness the signing of an investment partnership worth Ksh. 30 billion
between United Green and the County government of Kisumu. Prof. Nyong’o is
expected to sign the deal on behalf of the County Government of Kisumu

So far, the British Government has announced funding worth millions of pounds to
Kenya in renewed efforts to deepen trade and investment between the two countries.
The theme of the forum will be to build and promote trade and investment
partnerships between Kenya and the United Kingdom.

The UK is keen on helping Kenyan exporters of agricultural produce to the UK, currently worth over £300m
annually (KSH 46bn), by increasing UK investment in value addition activities in
Kenya and supporting the ‘Made in Kenya’ brand. The Kenya Investment Authority
has packaged bankable investment opportunities worth $18 billion (approximately
Ksh. 2.3 trillion) that Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Investment, Trade, and Industry
Hon. Moses K. Kuria will present to UK investors.

The forum is being held through a Ministerial Council meeting on the Economic
Partnership Agreement scheduled for 21st March 2023 in London. The forum will
provide a platform to explore opportunities between the two countries to grow
economic relationship and mutual prosperity. Participants are drawn from senior
Government and private sector officials including Principal Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers representing various relevant Government agencies from Kenya as well as Government and private sector players from the UK

The Key State Agencies involved include Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya
Development Corporation, Kenya Intellectual Property Institute, Kenya National
Trading Corporation, LAPSSET and Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest).
The Private Sector is represented by among others, its umbrella organization Kenya
Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) through Mr. Bimal Kantaria (MD Elgon Kenya
Ltd), Fresh Produce Exporters Association and The Kenya Flower Council.
Bilateral Cooperation between Kenya and UK dates to pre-independence. Presently,
the UK and Kenya Governments’ bilateral relations were elevated to the strategic
partnership following the launch of UK–Kenya Strategic Partnership Framework for
the period 2020 -2025 in January 2020 at the sidelines of the UK-Africa Summit held
in January 2020 in London.

The Kenya-UK Strategic Partnership 2020-2025 aims to deepen cooperation between
the two countries to a more ambitious partnership that will make the two countries
deliver more prosperous, secure, and sustainable societies and reflect on the
prevailing opportunities and challenges.


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