NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead a
strong delegation of horticultural farmers and traders to China
next month for the first edition of Import Expo, State House
said on Thursday.
said during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE),
which is scheduled to run from Nov. 5 to 10, a number of trade
deals will be negotiated and sealed.
agreements expected to be signed at the Expo is the Sanitary and
Phytosanitary deal between Kenya and China that will open doors
for over 40 percent of Kenya’s fresh produce including avocado,
mangoes and cashew nuts into the expansive Chinese market,” the
presidency said in a statement issued after the Cabinet meeting.
The presidency said
the agreement may also allow for the export of stevia, a
sweetener largely grown in the Rift Valley, into the Chinese
It said the Kenyan
leader is also expected to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
for the establishment of a trade negotiation working group,
whose mandate will be to negotiate trade tariffs especially on
Kenya’s tea and coffee exports to China as well as explore
additional market for the country’s cash crops.