US Ambassador Meets Nakuru Business Leaders

US Ambassador Robert Godec recently met business leaders drawn from various Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) in Nakuru. During the meeting, Ambassador Godec sought to allay fears by the business community particularly those exporting to the US that AGOA was likely to be scrapped saying indications are that AGOA would not be discontinued. He further indicated there are procedures to be followed and congress would ultimately make a decision on the matter.

He welcomed thoughts on areas in which stronger U.S.- Kenya links can be build including trade both under AGOA and otherwise, investment, and the potential impact of direct flights. Exporters to the US especially those in the horticulture industry lauded the move to resume direct flights to the US saying this will enable them to easily access the US market and increase the volumes of trade with the US.

Speaking during the meeting, Exports Promotion Council Chair, Mr. Jaswinder Bedi pointed out that the potential for exports to the US under AGOA is immense but largely unexploited adding that EPC was preparing a list of products that would easily be competitive in the US market. The list would be shared with BMOs for onward transmission to their members for awareness on areas they can take advantage of.

KAM Nakuru Chapter Chairman, Mr. Jayen Dodhia commenting on the business climate said devolution has had its successes but at the same time created bottlenecks particularly on free movement of goods. He however noted efforts are being made and discussions are underway to resolve pending issues.

The business leaders assured the Ambassador that the business community is working with all stakeholders including the security team to ensure peace will prevail during the upcoming elections.

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