Kenya hopeful of sealing post-Brexit trade agreement with UK

Kenya is hoping to agree a fresh trade deal with the United Kingdom by the start of next year in order to continue accessing the UK market after it exits the European Union on October 31st.

Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu said he expects a post-Brexit agreement to mirror a deal signed by the UK and several Southern African countries last week.

“We have assurances this [market access] will continue (after Brexit), but would welcome a signed instrument such as the one between the UK and the Southern African Customs Union plus Mozambique,” said Esipisu.

The economic partnership between the UK and the Southern African Customs Union will allow for free trade between the UK and businesses from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini and Mozambique, in a post-Brexit landscape.

At the Annual Kenya Society Reception in London last week, Esipisu said Kenya is targeting a similar arrangement and wants to use the UK-Africa Summit of January 2020 in London to seal a post-Brexit trade agreement.

Last week, the UK Minister of State for International Trade Conor Burns said that Kenyan goods would continue to access the UK market under same terms.