Officials from the U.S. and Kenya recently met in Washington DC for their first conceptual discussions of the US-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP). This STIP is the Biden administration’s alternative to the Trump-initiated U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
The Kenya STIP is the latest in a patchwork of pacts and agreements by the US that will deal with so-called “digital trade” among other issues. Tech giants and corporates mostly based in the US have made clear their hopes for the STIP, according to new research from Strathmore University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) based in Nairobi. What exactly is the US-Kenya STIP?
What are the concerns of digital rights experts and advocates in Kenya? Why should legislators in the US and Kenya care about its implications for consumer privacy and Big Tech accountability?
• Dr. Melissa Omino, Acting Director, Strathmore University’s CIPIT
• Dr. Paul Ogendi, University of Nairobi, Faculty of Law-Kisumu Campus
• Melinda St. Louis, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch