Kenyatta, U.S. Congressmen Discuss Trade, Security

Kenyatta and U.S. Congress delegation discussed business and security

President Uhuru Kenyatta has met a delegation from the U.S. Congress with whom he discussed a range of issues, medications including trade, visit refugees, governance and security.

Representative Vernon Buchanan of Florida led the 3-member delegation that also included Prof. David Price of North Carolina and Gwendolynne Moore of Wisconsin.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr. Amina Mohamed and U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec were also present during this week’s meeting.

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President Kenyatta said Kenya was very pleased with the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, under which African countries have significantly enhanced market access to the United States.

But he said a review of the conditionality related to content was necessary for Africa to gain the full potential the trade pact offered.

President Kenyatta also said he welcomed U.S. investors keen to do business in Kenya, with opportunities wide open in the areas of energy, infrastructure, Information, Communication and Technology, as well as Health.

Somali Refugees

President Kenyatta said there was a consensus in Kenya that the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the Dadaab refugee camp needed to return to their country to help its reconstruction, and the key question was how the international question would help facilitate that process.

He pointed out that he was open to the reform of national institutions, including Commissions and Independent offices, for as long as the processes were done within the confines of the law.

The President said Kenya was keen on continued cooperation between Kenya and the United States in the security sector. He said Kenya had worked to upgrade the security infrastructure as well as capacity in order to better tackle the challenges of the day.

Mr. Buchanan said Kenya had come a very long way in a very short time, and that the U.S. was keen to assist Kenya in whatever way possible to ensure that progress was sustained.


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