In 2017, following the launch of a new National Trade Policy for Kenya, the Ministry of Trade and Industry launched a multi-agency National Trade Negotiations Council to identify trade policy gaps and give guidance on key trade issues. The NTNC’s principal mandate is to provide a forum for stakeholders to discuss and identify positions for Kenya’s trade negotiations; and to coordinate the formulation and implementation of trade policies relating to WTO, regional and bilateral trade obligations. The terms of reference for the committee, whose members have been drawn from 60 government ministries, State departments, corporations, academia and the private sector also include analysing all concluded trade agreements as well as tracking implementation.
A TAF2+ Advisory Mission consisting of experts from the Overseas Development Institute and the TAF2+ Fund Manager team are in Nairobi 31 October – 7 November to engage with the State Department of Trade, who have a central role of acting as the Secretariat to the NTNC, as well as many of the 60 members to assess capacity gaps. Based on these consultations, the advisors will develop a concept note that will be validated with the NTNC members later in the year. The objective is to have a new long-term grant in place to support the NTNC in Q1 of 2019.