S2 E6: The US-Kenya FTA – What to look out for in Digital Trade and IP Chapters

In continuing with our series on the US-Kenya FTA, this week’s episode grapples with some of the main areas, that may be included in the FTA, that we are pondering on in digital trade and intellectual property. The host for this episode is Dr. Melissa Omino, and the guests are Abdulmalik Adan and Joanna Kahumbu.

Agreements mentioned:

  1. TRIPS – https://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/legal_e/27-trips.pdf
  2. Japan – US FTA – https://www.mofa.go.jp/files/000527401.pdf

Update on the US Kenya FTA materials:

US Negotiation Objectives available here: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/Summary_of_U.S.-Kenya_Negotiating_Objectives.pdf
Kenya Negotiation Objectives available here: http://www.industrialization.go.ke/index.php/kenya-usa-free-trade-area-agreement
Information on the virtual first phase of negotiations obtained here: http://www.industrialization.go.ke/index.php/kenya-usa-free-trade-area-agreement/580-joint-statement-between-the-united-states-and-kenya-on-the-launch-of-negotiations-towards-a-free-trade-agreement


  1. Digital Economy Blueprint, 2019 – https://ca.go.ke/the-digital-economy-blueprint
  2. Draft Digital Economy Strategy, 2020 – https://ict.go.ke/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/10TH-JULY-FINAL-COPY-DIGITAL-ECONOMY-STRATEGY-DRAFT-ONE.pdf
  3. National ICT Policy, 2019 – https://www.ict.go.ke/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NATIONAL-ICT-POLICY-2019.pdf
  4. Data Protection Act, 2019 – http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/Acts/2019/TheDataProtectionAct__No24of2019.pdf
  5. Finance Act, 2019 – http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/AmendmentActs/2019/FinanceAct_No23of2019.PDF
  6. Finance Act, 2020  – http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/Acts/2020/TheFinanceAct_No.8of2020.pdf
  7. Comments submitted to USTR available at https://beta.regulations.gov/docket/USTR-2020-0011/document
  8. United States – Kenya Negotiations, Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives, May 2020, available at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/Summary_of_U.S.-Kenya_Negotiating_Objectives.pdf
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  18. Afronomicslaw.org Webinar V: “Exploring Paths Towards an Ideal US Kenya FTA for Kenya”, 01 September 2020, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHPY9Jve97Y&t=1254s