The U.S. and Kenya announced this week the establishment of a bilateral trade and investment working group that will explore ways to deepen trade and investment ties and begin to lay the groundwork for a stronger future trade relationship. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said this work will include maximizing the remaining years of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which has helped Kenya increase its exports to the U.S. since its implementation in 2000, and “looking ahead to the next steps.” That may include negotiating a model free trade agreement, an initiative Lighthizer said in July the Trump administration intends to move quickly on with an eye toward extending it to multiple African countries once it is finalized.

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