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With the U.S. Likely to Focus Less Attention on China in Africa, Kenya’s Free Trade Deal Now in Question

President Uhuru Kenyatta with outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter at State House in Nairobi on Tuesday. Image via PSCU.

Outgoing U.S. ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter stopped by the State House on Wednesday to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta (photo). McCarter, a Trump political appointee, will soon be leaving his post now that a new administration has taken power in Washington, D.C.

One of McCarter’s signature initiatives was the Free Trade Agreement with Kenya that’s now in limbo both because of an upcoming Congressionally-mandated negotiating deadline and because the Biden administration is expected to take a different approach towards China, according to Professor Michael Chege from the University of Nairobi:

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