December 1, 2022

Katherine Tai meets with Kenyan trade minister Moses Kuria, urges Burkina Faso to return to elective democracy

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai attend the Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month Reception Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday met virtually with Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria, the Kenyan Minister of Investments, Trade, and Industry.

Ambassador Tai and Cabinet Secretary Kuria noted the shared objectives of their governments as reflected in the joint statement launching the United States-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership on July 14, 2022, her office said.

“Ambassador Tai and Cabinet Secretary Kuria discussed opportunities to engage in the near future to pursue a strong working relationship that advances our common goals, including expanding bilateral trade with benefits that are broadly shared, inclusion of women, youth and others in trade, supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises, as well as advancing African continental trade integration,” USTR said in a statement. “The two expressed an interest in meeting in person in Washington in December on the margins of the upcoming United States-Africa Leaders Summit.”

Ambassador Tai also congratulated Cabinet Secretary Kuria on his recent confirmation in his position as the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry, indicating that it was an honor to head the Presidential delegation to President Ruto’s inauguration on September 13, 2022, and to meet with him to learn his vision for Kenya.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Tai also commented on President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s announcement this week that he will be removing Burkina Faso from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) following another coup in the West African nation.

“Today, President Biden announced his intent to terminate Burkina Faso from the AGOA trade preference program as of January 1, 2023. Our Administration is deeply concerned by the unconstitutional changes in government in Burkina Faso. The country is set to be removed from this program for failing to meet the requirements of AGOA,” Tai said in a statement. “The United States urges Burkina Faso to take necessary actions to meet the statutory criteria and return to elective democracy. I will provide Burkina Faso with clear benchmarks for a pathway toward reinstatement and our Administration will work with them to achieve that objective.”

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