The first UK-Kenya EPA Council Meeting was held on March 21-23, 2023. The Kenya delegation was led by the Cabinet Secretary for Trade, Investments, and Industry, the Honorable Moses Kuria, and included Six (6) Principal Secretaries and representatives from the private sector. The Cabinet Secretary met with the Rt. Hon. Kemi Badenoch MP, UK Secretary of State for International Trade, and Nigel Huddleston, Minister of State at the Department for Business and Trade, and subsequently attended the 1st UK-Kenya EPA meeting in order to forge seamless trade interactions and capitalise on new trade and investment opportunities.
The Mission has facilitated and led engagement in the context of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that was ratified in March 2021 and guarantees duty-free and quota-free access to the UK market for Kenyan exporters. Therefore, the meeting valued the commitment to implement the UK-Kenya EPA and expand bilateral cooperation on the business front.
In an effort to increase Kenyan fresh produce's market access in the United Kingdom, the Trade Secretary visited the New Spitalfields Market in London, which handles fresh produce imports from Kenya and more than 190 other countries.
The Cabinet Secretary also met with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council in the wake of Kenya's Cabinet's recent approval of the country's membership in the Council. Significant discussions regarding the use of the Council's network to promote trade and investment with Commonwealth member states.
Last but not least, the CS witnessed the historic signing of a kshs 31 billion climate-smart agriculture investment agreement between the Kisumu County Government and United Green, a UK conglomerate.