CCFN Files Comments with USTR on Kenya

May 29th, 2020

CCFN is urging the U.S. government to take full advantage of the opportunity presented by upcoming trade negotiations with Kenya to build upon the advances made in USMCA, contain the EU’s aggressive misuse of geographical indications (GIs) to erect market access barriers and establish a precedent in sub-Saharan African regarding safeguards for the free use of common foods names. This input was reflected in the comments CCFN submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in response to their solicitation from stakeholders to help inform and develop their negotiating objectives for a U.S.-Republic of Kenya Trade Agreement. It is especially critical that common food name provisions are including in any free trade agreement with Kenya, as a successful deal could serve as a template for future negotiations with other trade partners in Africa and beyond.