The United States and Kenya are working to conclude a free trade agreement that will complement regional integration efforts within the East African Community (EAC) and the pioneering African Continental Free Trade Area. Negotiated agreements, meetings, fact sheets, circular reports Since 1977, we have set the standard for lawyers and consultants for international trade and offer our clients comprehensive and efficient customs, import and export services worldwide. The European Commission reports annually on the implementation of its main trade agreements during the previous calendar year. The USTR is the primary responsibility for managing U.S. trade agreements. These include our trading partners` monitoring of the implementation of trade agreements with the United States, enforcing America`s rights under those agreements, and negotiating and signing trade agreements that advance the President`s trade policy. The preface (other languages), published in November 2020 by Sabine Weyand, Director-General of DG Trade, provides an overview of the successes achieved in 2019 and the ongoing work for the EU`s 36 main preferential trade agreements. The working document attached by the Commission services contains detailed information under the trade and partner agreements. Data control. Few countries have made as rapid progress as Kenya in the use of mobile financial services and digital transformation. In order to increase the revenue generated by digital transactions, the government has just introduced two taxes: a 1.5% tax on digital, which will come into force on January 1, 2021, and a previous withholding tax applied to “marketing, promotion and advertising services of non-residents”.
U.S. tech companies find these taxes discriminatory. Indeed, last month, the United States announced tariffs on some French products in retaliation for France`s unilateral digital tax against American companies. While this issue has not been directly related to the trade negotiations, it remains to be seen how the United States could address this issue in the negotiations. How will efforts to resolve this issue within the OECD be kept in the discussions between the parties? Genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The U.S. food industry is an innovator in GMOs and related technologies that improve yields and reduce demand for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Kenya is strongly opposed to the import of genetically modified food. This is because this food cannot enter or cross Kenyan ports for other destinations. Like the WTO agreement on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, the US trade agreements require SPS rules to be based on science and evidence, leading to a conflict with Kenya`s attitude towards GMOs.
These divergences could have an impact on small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly in the agricultural sector, which depend on inexpensive raw materials and other inputs. Based on discussions with industry representatives in the United States and Kenya, we believe that both sides will be able to find a satisfactory solution to this problem. The U.S. and China have announced that they plan to negotiate a Phase TWO deal, which Lighthizer said will focus on issues of overcapacity, subsidies, discipline of Chinese state-owned enterprises and cybervoltage, but no date has yet been announced for the opening of those talks. The United States is conducting or reviewing negotiations on bilateral trade agreements with a number of trading partners. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer provided the following updates to these talks during the June 17 hearings before the Senate and House Finance and Resources Committees. . . .