President Uhuru Kenyatta met U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May on Thursday (11/05/17) and sought a deal to guarantee Kenyan exports accessed the U.K. market on a duty-free quota-free basis after the country exits from the European Union.
“It is Kenya’s desire to continue having seamless trade relations during and after Brexit. We wish to continue accessing the UK market duty-free and quota-free after the UK exits the EU,” President Uhuru indicated.
The move by the government comes at a time of impasse in the East African Community (EAC) over a joint trade agreement with the European Union following the Brexit decision.
The President’s agenda was about ensuring a conducive environment so businesses can thrive in order to provide much-needed jobs, and deepen security in Kenya and the region in order to foster growth and inclusive prosperity.
“It is Kenya’s desire to continue having seamless trade relations during and after Brexit. We wish to continue accessing the UK market duty-free and quota-free after the UK exits the EU,” the Head of State said.
The President and the Prime Minister also discussed Kenya’s counter-terrorism program and the region, and the Prime Minister made commitment to support the program.
Uhuru noted that although AMISOM had made significant progress in combating terrorism and stabilising Somalia, there was still much to do before a planned AMISOM drawdown, and transition to Somali security forces next year.
“I therefore urge this conference to endorse the call by the troop contributing countries and the African Union for urgent measures to support and strengthen AMISOM, including the upsurge of AMISOM by an additional 4,000 troops to liberate areas still under the control of terrorists,” he said.
“The international community should also facilitate the deployment of critical enablers and force multipliers, as well as the provision of predictable and sustainable funding, including from the United Nations assessed contributions,” he added.
The London Somalia Conference is co-chaired by May, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, current chairman of the regional development agency IGAD, and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.