Would a U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal Throw African Integration Off Course?

Would a U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal Throw African Integration Off Course?
President Donald Trump and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington (AP photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta).

Across Africa and beyond it, there is widespread agreement among governments and policymakers that economic integration would give a critical boost to growth and development on the continent. Yet when he visited Washington earlier this month, Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, pledged alongside President Donald Trump to launch negotiations toward a bilateral trade deal. The two leaders’ motivations are likely quite different, and the odds of a successful negotiation are uncertain at best. But, like the European Union’s own ad hoc trade deals throughout Africa, a U.S.-Kenya free trade pact would create new barriers to intra-African trade, rather than reducing them, […]

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