CS Betty Maina Receives a Courtesy Call From US Chargé d’affaires - 21st April 2021
MoITED CS Bett Maina has urged the US to reconsider the recent travel advisories it issued against Kenya, saying such advisories by the US and the UK only serve to suppress economic activities for already distressed businesses.
Speaking today during a virtual courtesy call with Eric Kneedler, the Chargé d’affaires of the USA Embassy in Kenya, CS Maina noted Kenya has put in place exemplary national and sub-national measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, and is currently actively managing the 3rd wave.
CS Maina emphasized the importance of the prompt resumption of the Kenya-US bilateral trade talks which aim to expand the export market for Kenyan goods and services, hence creating much needed jobs and facilitating skills development for Kenyans.
She also emphasized the importance of technical capacity building for KEPHIS and KEBS to enhance testing and compliance with standards that will ensure Kenyan export products, especially those produced by MSMEs, meet global standards.
The virtual meeting hailed the importance of the ongoing partnership between the Government of Kenya and the Millennium Challenge Corporation towards creating a foundation for sustainable economic growth that will reduce poverty and benefit all Kenyans.
The CS and CDA noted with satisfaction the progress made in the two-day virtual trade mission from Los Angeles and Long Beach cities that ended today. The CS confirmed Kenya’s acceptance to welcome a physical mission from LA later in the year
The meeting focused on issues of mutual socio-economic interest to Kenya and the US, including the US - Kenya Strategic Partnership, the status of the Kenya US FTA bilateral trade talks and strategies for managing economic challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic, including the recent travel advisory issued by the US against Kenya.