Kenya and the United Kingdom have finally signed a trade agreement after a year of negotiations. This agreement is set to replace the current partnership agreement between the UK and the East African Community (EAC). This article will explore the details of the agreement and what it means for the businesses and citizens of both countries.

The agreement, which was signed on November 3, 2021, seeks to promote trade between Kenya and the UK. It covers a wide range of areas, including trade in goods, services, and investment. Under the agreement, Kenya will have duty-free and quota-free access to the UK market, which will allow Kenyan companies to expand their market share.

One of the main areas of focus for this agreement is agriculture, which is a major sector in Kenya`s economy. The UK has agreed to remove tariffs on imports of Kenyan flowers, vegetables, fruits, and tea. This is a major win for Kenyan farmers and will give them more opportunities to access the UK market.

The agreement also includes provisions for the protection of intellectual property rights, which will be particularly important for Kenyan businesses that rely on innovation and creativity. The agreement also seeks to promote sustainable development and environmental protection. There are measures in place to ensure that trade does not have a negative impact on the environment or local communities.

In addition to trade, the agreement also covers investment. UK businesses will be encouraged to invest in Kenya, and Kenyan businesses will be encouraged to invest in the UK. This will create new opportunities for businesses on both sides, leading to job creation and economic growth.

The trade agreement between Kenya and the UK is expected to have a positive impact on both countries. For Kenya, it will create new opportunities for trade and investment, particularly in the agriculture sector. For the UK, it will secure a valuable trading partner in the East African region and help to diversify trade beyond the European Union.

In conclusion, the trade agreement between Kenya and the UK is a significant step forward for both countries. It will help to promote economic growth, create new opportunities for businesses, and strengthen the relationship between Kenya and the UK. The agreement is expected to come into effect in early 2022, and both countries are looking forward to the benefits it will bring.