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U.S. Relationship


U.S.-Kenya Relations

The United States established diplomatic relations with Kenya in 1964, following its December 1963 independence from the United Kingdom. The United States and Kenya have enjoyed cordial relations and an enduring partnership since Kenya’s independence. Relations became closer after Kenya’s 2002 democratic transition and subsequent improvements in civil liberties. Longstanding mutual interests in the region and wide-ranging cooperation on economic
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U.S. Assistance to Kenya

As a developing partner in East Africa, Kenya is a recipient of significant U.S. foreign assistance from State and USAID. The United States seeks to advance its national security and economic prosperity interests by helping strengthen economic stability, security, health, education, environment, rule of law, and democratic governance in Kenya, as well as by countering violent extremism.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Kenya’s diversified economy has produced average annual GDP growth of five percent over the last decade, and an increasing number of U.S. companies have established their regional or Africa-wide headquarters in Nairobi. Kenya remains East Africa’s largest and most important business, financial, and transportation hub, with 80 percent of East Africa’s trade flowing through Mombasa Port. The United States is
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Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

Investment Climate Statements

The Investment Climate Statements analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses and provide information on the business climates.

Fiscal Transparency Report

The Fiscal Transparency Report analyzes government transparency and identifies needed changes to improve public spending accountability.

The U.S. delivers COVID vaccines to Kenya.

COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Since August, 2021 the United States has donated 12,325,180 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Kenya. This includes 9,386,910 Pfizer, 1,760,920 Moderna and 1,177,350 J&J doses. Of the 12,325,180 vaccine doses, 100% were donated in partnership with COVAX.

The United States is committed to leading an international and coordinated effort to accelerate access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to meet global needs. The United States is working with other governments and partners including COVAX, Caricom, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to protect communities from COVID-19 and apply lessons from this pandemic to enhance health security now and in the future.

Learn more about our work Delivering Vaccines and on COVID-19 Recovery.

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