President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday bid farewell to outgoing US ambassador Kyle McCarter at State House.
McCarter resigned following the end of US President Donald Trump’s tenure on January 20, 2021.
The envoy will be leaving the office on January 20, 2021, as the US prepares to swear in Joe Biden as President.
“As I reflect on my time as Ambassador, I continue to believe that Kenya should no longer be just a beneficiary of foreign aid, but a benefactor to the rest of East Africa,” he wrote in a farewell letter on Friday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter at State House
At the same time, the Head of State reiterated Kenya’s determination to conclude ongoing negotiations with the United States of America and sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Kenyatta said the FTA will build on the successes achieved under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by ushering in better and bigger trade opportunities and prospects for Kenya.
“We appreciate what has been achieved through AGOA, but it is time we moved to much more closer trade arrangements that are mutually beneficial. We will not lose focus on concluding the FTA,” the President said.