Kenya-Djibouti Joint Communique

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY HIS EXCELLENCY UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND HIS EXCELLENCY ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE VISIT TO KENYA FROM 8TH TO 10TH MAY 2018

 

1. At the invitation of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti made a State Visit to Kenya from 8th to 10th May, 2018.

2. The two Heads of State reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to deepen the cordial bilateral relations between Kenya and Djibouti. They noted with deep satisfaction that the cooperation between the two countries lay on a foundation of shared values and principles aimed at fostering sustained   growth and shared prosperity. In this regard President Ismail Guelleh warmly welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to establish an Embassy in Djibouti in the shortest time possible.

3. The two Heads of State directed their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs to convene the next session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation in the next quarter, and to put in place robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure implementation of the deliverables agreed upon.

4. The two Heads of State focused attention on expansion of bilateral trade, enhancing collaboration in air transport including cargo flights, as well as cooperating in Tourism, Agriculture, Livestock development, Education, Energy and cooperation between the ports of Mombasa and Djibouti.

5. On tourism, the two Heads of State underscored the need to enhance cooperation in Tourism with deliberate focus on capacity building, tourism management, education and training as follows:

  • Student and lecturers exchange program;
  • Exchange of scholarship and fellowships;
  • Short courses and management development program; and,
  • Joint research activities in Hospitality and Tourism.

6. The following agreements were signed:

  • Agreement on Cooperation in Trade;
  • MoU on Bilateral Cooperation in the Agriculture sector;
  • Agreement on Cooperation in Vocational Training
  • Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption for holders of Diplomatic passports
  • Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection on Investment

7. Further, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Kenya Airways and Air Djibouti SAS, providing for Kenya Airways to assist Air Djibouti in capacity building and maintenance services.

8. The President of Djibouti visited a flower farm, a milk processing plant and the Olkaria Geothermal plant. In this context, Kenya agreed to assist Djibouti to develop geothermal energy drawing on Kenya’s experience in this area.

9. The two leaders also agreed to cooperate in the field of agriculture, specifically livestock breeding, management and trade, an area that Djibouti has registered commendable success. Djibouti welcomed Kenya’s interest to use her Regional Livestock Quarantine Facility to prepare Kenya’s livestock for sale in the international markets, and help to build Kenya’s capacity in this area.

10. The two Heads of State pledged to continue to work together in safeguarding peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region, specifically in Somalia under the aegis of IGAD and the African Union. Noting that both Kenya and Djibouti are troop-contributing countries under AMISOM, the two Heads of State called for enhanced and sustainable funding for the Mission to facilitate the delivery of the Mission’s mandate.

11.Both leaders noted that Al Shabaab continues to pose significant threat to Somalia and the region. In this regard, they expressed concern at the continued lukewarm international support for Somalia, in particular inadequate and unpredictable funding for AMISOM, which threatens to roll back the gains made thus far.

12.Further, the two leaders committed to continue lobbying for adequate and sustainable support to AMISOM, including provision of force multipliers for the Mission in Somalia, as well as training for the Somalia Security forces. The leaders expressed deep concern at the effects of external interests that are destabilizing Somalia further.

13.The two leaders expressed their desire to see a faster pace in ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. They urged leaders of South Sudan to place the interests of their people above their own in order to give peace a chance.

14.The two Heads of State underscored their commitment to a rule-based international system with balanced multilateralism and organs reform of the United Nations System at its core. The Leaders agreed to champion common African Union Positions, including within the UN Security Council.

15.The two Heads of State noted the progress in the AU reforms agenda geared towards economic emancipation as encapsulated in Agenda 2063 and evidenced by the signing of the AfCFTA in March 2018.

16.At the conclusion of the State Visit, His Excellency President Ismail Omar Guelleh, expressed gratitude to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the people of Kenya, for the successes accrued during the visit as well as the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the State Visit.

17.President Guelleh invited his Brother, President Kenyatta to reciprocate the State Visit. President Kenyatta accepted. The timing of the visit will be managed through diplomatic channels.

18.His Excellency President Kenyatta wished His Excellency President Guelleh good health and long life, and to the people of the Republic of Djibouti peace and prosperity.

Nairobi on May 9, 2018

Kenya-Israel Hold Third Session of Political Consultations and Development Dialogue

Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations and in furtherance of the cordial relations between Kenya and Israel, the third session of the political consultations between the two countries was held on April 23, 2018, in Jerusalem. Previous sessions were held in Jerusalem and Nairobi on January 18, 2016, and March 8, 2017, respectively.

Amb. Tom Amolo, the Political and Diplomatic Secretary, led Kenya’s Delegation while the Israeli delegation was led by Amb. Alon Ushpiz, the Political Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While recalling the warm and deep historical ties between Israel and Kenya, Amb. Ushpiz said the State of Israel regarded Kenya as a very important ally. He noted the close cooperation between the two countries under the ambit of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International development and cooperation. He further emphasized the need to continue with the exchange of high-level visits and to up-scale levels of trade through the commencement of the direct flights between Tel Aviv and Nairobi.

Amb. Tom Amolo, noted the need for the Israel-Kenya relations to evolve from bilateral ties into a strategic partnership given that interactions are at the highest levels of leadership of the two states.

He appreciated Israel’s continued development assistance to Kenya through MASHAV in sectors dealing with agriculture, water and irrigation, environment protection and sanitation, education, health and disaster preparedness and management among others.

Amb. Amolo underscored that the building blocks of Kenya-Israel relations have changed, necessitating the need for deliverables. He explained that the relationship between the two countries has broadened over time, and gaining more depth.

He stressed the importance of direct flights between Kenya and Israel which will increase the current trade volumes and facilitate tourism. He also informed of the Big Four Agenda which prioritises areas aimed at revamping economic growth. These include: providing Kenyans with affordable housing, universal healthcare, ensuring food security and revamping the manufacturing sector. He, therefore, invited the Government of Israel to take up projects connected with these areas of priority. Amb. Ushpiz explained that the reason for Israel’s success in securing itself despite the numerous challenges/threats arises from increased military capabilities, broadened relations and alliances/partnerships abroad, change of priorities among international actors, stability and predictability of Israel’s political arena as well as experience and capabilities in Agriculture and high-tech fields.

On bilateral relations, Amb. Yoram Elron, Deputy Director General, Africa Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that Israel would in June 2018, open an Economic Office in Nairobi, the second such office in Africa. The office will be responsible for facilitating trade between Kenya and Israel.

He said Israel looks forward to hosting Amb. Monica Juma, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Trade, following an invitation extended by the Prime Minister of Israel, who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

In her rejoinder, Amb. Jackline Yonga, Director/Middle East Directorate, said that the travel advisory on Kenya by Israel was negatively affecting tourism between the two countries and therefore needed to be lifted. She also called be speedy conclusion of labour agreement drafted by Kenya to facilitate the exchange of labour with Israel.

 

Kenya-Djibouti in Cooperation Pacts

Nairobi, May 9, 2018 — Kenya and Djibouti today signed four agreements aimed at boosting trade and deepening bilateral links. The agreements signed included Trade Agreement, MoU on Bilateral Cooperation in the Livestock Sector, Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments and an agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports.

The agreements were signed at State House, Nairobi, where President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is on a three-day State Visit to Kenya.

President Kenyatta said the partnership that exists between Kenya and Djibouti is strong and efforts were being made to make the cooperation more fruitful. He said the two countries face the same kind of challenges since they are in a region that has for decades been ravaged by conflicts and modern forms of organised crime like terrorism.

“We have talked about how to strengthen our cooperation and to secure our nations. Both our nations are in a very troubled region and we talked on how to secure the safety and prosperity of our people,” said President Kenyatta.

President Guelleh said Djibouti desires to strengthen its partnership with Kenya in developing the region and making it peaceful.

He said Djibouti and Kenya are working together to make Somalia peaceful to ensure that the security risk that its continued instability poses to the region is eliminated.

“We are in a troubled region where we are confronted by extremism and violence. That is why our militaries are in Somalia to help it regain stability because what happens in Somalia has an immediate impact on all of us,” said President Guelleh. He said Djibouti, like Kenya, is sincere in its desire to make Somalia peaceful.

The trade agreement will open the door for more business between Kenya and Djibouti as it will act as a facilitation mechanism.

“The Parties, for enhancing and facilitating trade between the two countries, shall grant each other the Most Favored Nation Treatment in all matters relating to trade,” says part of the agreement signed on Kenya’s behalf by Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed.

In the bilateral cooperation in the livestock sector, Kenya will work together with Djibouti in expanding the livestock business sector. Kenya will tap the experience of Djibouti in unlocking the potential in business in the livestock sector especially in exports to the Middle East. The two nations will increase trade in livestock and livestock products. The agreement was signed on Kenya’s behalf by Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri

In their desire to promote greater economic cooperation, the two leaders also oversaw the signing of an agreement which binds both nations to protect private or public investment in each country originating from the other.

Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma and Fred Matiangi signed the Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments and an Agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports respectively.

Joint Communique During State Visit by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ali

JOINT COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER BILATERAL TALKS BETWEEN H.E. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE KENYA DEFENCE FORCES AND H.E. (DR.) ABIY AHMED ALI, THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE  STATE VISIT TO KENYA ON MAY 7, 2018

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, made a State Visit to the Republic of Kenya from May 6-7, 2018Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali led a high-powered delegation comprising Ministers, Senior Government Officials.

The two leaders focused their discussions on critical bilateral, regional, and global matters. At the bilateral level, they re-emphasised the great historical foundation on which the two nations have continued to build their bilateral relations and agreed that the vision of the forefathers to points to a future of shared values, culture and tradition.

The two leaders further emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation that inspires prosperity of the people of the two countries.  They committed to the development of LAPSSET, the Northern Corridor including road network between Isiolo, Moyale through to Addis Ababa and the railway from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Both sides agreed to finalise the Ethiopia-Kenya interconnection transmission line.

Both sides agreed to jointly supervise and inspect the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo-Moyale and Moyale-Hawassa-Addis Ababa road networks. The Kenyan side will facilitate the formal acquisition of land in Lamu Port given to the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian side reiterated its commitment to develop the land for logistical facilitation.

The two leaders strongly encouraged members of their respective private sectors to identify potential areas for engagement and pledged to continue improving the business environment and create maximum incentives for successful commerce.

To further intensify integration the two leaders agreed on the following:

To strengthen cooperation between Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Both sides agreed to strengthen the collaboration between the two national carriers, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways.

The Kenyan side agreed to grant Ethiopian Airlines a second frequency flight to Mombasa

Both sides also agreed to unrestricted marketing to Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways in Kenya and Ethiopia respectively,

Intensify cooperation in the Tourism sector;

Strengthen cross-border cooperation in socio-economic activities; Development of “Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone”

Both sides agreed to jointly invest in  “Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone” Project

Both sides also agreed to welcome additional investment for “Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone” Project

To promote joint military training; and,

Enhance cooperation in Agriculture.

The two leaders agreed that logistics arrangements for the One Stop Border Post be put in place within the next quarter.

The two leaders agreed to the exchange of prisoners. They directed the urgent formulation of modalities to ensure implementation within the next seven (7) days.

The two leaders emphasized the important role they play in regional peace and security and agreed to intensify their joint effort to bring greater peace and security to the region, in particular in South Sudan and Somalia.

The two leaders identified cross-border security challenges, exacerbated by vulnerable communities, as obstacles to sustainable peace. They agreed to focus on promoting inclusive economic growth of the border regions, such as the one contemplated by the Special Status Agreement, affirming that cross-border trade between the border communities could greatly elevate their quality of lives.

The two leaders expressed their deep disappointment at the slow pace of progress in ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. In pledging their full commitment to the IGAD’s mediation efforts they urged the leaders of South Sudan to place the interests of their people above their own in order to give peace a chance.

Both leaders noted that Al Shabaab continues to pose significant threat to Somalia and the region.  In this regard, they expressed concern at the continued lukewarm international support for Somalia, in particular, the inadequate and unpredictable funding for AMISOM, which poses a threat to gains made thus far.  In this regard, the two leaders committed to continue lobbying for adequate and sustainable support to AMISOM, including the provision of force multipliers for the mission in Somalia, as well as training for the Somalia security forces.  The leaders expressed deep concern at the effects of external interests that are aimed at further destabilizing Somalia.

The two leaders reiterated the need for strengthened cooperation in shared trans-boundary resources use, based on the principle of equitable and reasonable utilization.

The two leaders reiterated their firm commitment to a rules-based international system with balanced multilateralism and urgent reform of the United Nations System at its core. The leaders pledged to champion common African Union positions, especially within the Security Council. In this regard, Ethiopia pledged to support Kenya’s bid for a non-permanent Seat in the United Nations Security Council for the years 2021-2022.

The two leaders agreed that the enhanced strategic partnership managed by the Bi-National Commission (BNC), would facilitate the robust implementation of the historic Special Status Agreement (SSA) which holds a huge promise for the joint prosperity of both nations. They directed their Ministers of Foreign Affairs to insert greater urgency in revitalizing the SSA and invest more energy in reviewing progress of its implementation at the next Binational Commission.

The leaders noted that the various agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries provided a critical foundation for enhanced Kenya-Ethiopia bilateral ties. They agreed that the implementation of some of the instruments required better coordination. The leaders, therefore, introduced an implementation framework and a Mid Term Review Mechanism of the Bi-National Commission to facilitate robust monitoring and evaluation of the agreed areas.

At the conclusion of the State Visit, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali expressed gratitude to H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the people of Kenya for the successes achieved during the visit, as well as the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay. He invited his Brother, the President of the Republic of Kenya, to reciprocate the State Visit. President Uhuru Kenyatta accepted. The timing of the visit will be managed through diplomatic channels.

President Uhuru Kenyatta took the opportunity to wish his brother, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and through him, to the people of Ethiopia, greatest success in their task of nation-building

STATEMENT BY AMB. (DR.) AMINA C. MOHAMED DURING THE TICAD VI MINISTERIAL MEETING – MAPUTO, THE REPUBLIC

STATEMENT BY AMB. (DR.) AMINA C. MOHAMED, EGH, CAV CABINET SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS DURING THE TICAD VI MINISTERIAL MEETING – MAPUTO, THE REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE, 24TH AND 25TH AUGUST, 2017


OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRESS OF THE TICAD PROGRESS SINCE TICAD VI

Your Excellency Oldemiro Júlio Marques Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique,

Your Excellency Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan,

Excellencies Co – organisers,

Colleagues Honorable Ministers,

Excellency Ambassadors,

Distinguished Participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

I would like to thank the Government and the people of the Republic of Mozambique for graciously hosting this Ministerial meeting and for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to myself and the entire Kenya delegation since our arrival.  I also recognize and applaud the role played by the Government of Japan and the other co-organisers in organising and successfully hosting of this meeting.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the President and the people of the Republic of Kenya, I wish to convey sincere appreciation for granting Kenya the great honor of hosting the historic Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit, in August last year, the first of its kind to be held in Africa. It is indeed a pleasure to note that the Summit was billed as a huge success.  We are grateful.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

TICAD remains a unique process that has contributed immensely to Africa’s development and regional integration agenda. Remarkable progress has been achieved in Kenya and I believe in the rest of Africa since we last met in Nairobi in 2016. Let me mention a few:

  • Kenya has continued to make substantial progress in infrastructure development. Some of the recent projects include roads in Nairobi and Mombasa.
  • Kenya continues to invest heavily in clean energy projects such as geothermal as well as electricity transmission, and this is done with the support of Japan.
  • In Agriculture, efforts has been made to boost food production and increase food and human security.  Let me single out projects such as tailor-made research for breeding and cultivation, rice based market oriented agriculture promotion project (RICEMAP) as well as empowerment and improvement of the livelihoods of smallholder horticulture farmers through SHEP PLUS. This has resulted in capacity building for extension staff, training of farmer groups in horticulture production, postharvest handling techniques, gender mainstreaming and group empowerment.
  • As we all know, climate change affects agriculture sector productivity. If not addressed, the impact will continue to increase the vulnerability of farming systems and predispose rural households to food insecurity and poverty.
  • Various initiatives are also ongoing in the health sector with a view to achieving universal health care.
  • Going forward, Kenya supports implementation of new programmes under TICAD in new sectors such as the blue economy which we have identified as a priority sector. We are currently implementing projects in Maritime Education and Training; and Maritime cluster enterprise development (Seafarer’s fund, women in maritime fund and Shipping and Training Maritime Fund).
  • It is clear that investing in the Blue Economy provides an opportunity for enhanced cross-border initiatives and hence regional integration. To fully utilise this underutilised resources we must also be aware of the challenges which include inadequate capacity; the lenience of policies to control illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU); Maritime insecurity at Sea (Piracy, armed robbery, illicit trafficking of goods and people); Maritime environmental crimes (Pollution); Maritime boundary disputes (Delimitations).
  • Based on our own experience, we recommend that Maritime Development and Capacity Building in Africa be fully integrated ad implemented by TICAD. This would ensure the development of effective framework for the sustainable exploitation of blue economy resources.
  • I am pleased to inform that Kenya has put in place the necessary legal framework and mechanisms to engage Japan by creating an enabling environment in the Public and Private sector, as well as with Civil Service Organisations of both countries. Both Kenya and Japan have finalised internal processes for the coming into force of the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. So far we have witnessed increased interest by Japanese investors, as well as in increase of inbound and outbound business delegations.

Finally,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen

  1. We appreciate that TICAD was conceptualized at a time when most countries had abandoned Africa and Japan stepped in. It is now obvious that other partners have taken note and are now on a quest to forge similar cooperation with Africa. We therefore commend Japan for setting this trend and urge the government and the people of Japan to remain committed and strengthen this process.  We should not deviate from the original ideas on development as conceptualized.
  • TICAD remains an open and inclusive forum. I am confident that Africa is on the right and steady path towards development based on the principles of African ownership and international partnership. Indeed, the areas of focus of the TICAD VI resonates well with the Kenya’s Vision 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa’s transformative agenda 2063. I wish to, therefore, reaffirm Kenya’s commitment to the success and sustenance of the TICAD process for posterity and mutual benefit.

 

I Thank you.

Kenya-Somalia Discuss Improved Relations

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY H.E. AMB. (DR) AMINA MOHAMED, CABINET SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND H.E. MR. YUSUF-GARAAD OMAR, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MID TERM REVIEW OF THE KENYA-SOMALIA JOINT COMMISSION FOR COOPERATION.

 JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ

  1. At the invitation of E. Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Yusuf-Garaad Omar, Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia attended the Midterm Review of the 1st Session of the Kenya-Somalia Joint Commission for Cooperation held in Nairobi on 26th July, 2017.
  2. In their opening statements, the two Ministers hailed the warm, fraternal and cordial relations that exist between the two countries. They emphasized on the need to deepen and enhance the excellent bilateral cooperation existing between the two countries.
  3. The two Ministers discussed a wide range of issues touching mainly on the various sectors of Kenya-Somalia bilateral cooperation. These sectors include Trade, Agriculture, Security, Refugees, Immigration, Economic and Political affairs among others.
  4. The two Ministers recalled the deliberations of the two Heads of State during the State Visit to Kenya in March 2017 by the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and appreciated the progress made so far in implementing the agreed actions. These actions include the resumption of direct flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi which has already commenced. Regarding the training of 200 nursing students from Somalia, the first batch of 50 students will be admitted to the Mandera Medical Training College as from September 2017. In this regard, the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia has been requested to submit the names of the 50 students who meet the Nursing Council of Kenya requirements. The second batch of 50 students will be admitted in March 2018, and the third batch of 100 students will be admitted in September, 2018.
  5. Kenya will offer training of Foreign Service Officers and Protocol Department Officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia
  6. The two Ministers noted that resumption of direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu has been effected and is operating smoothly.
  7. The two Ministers further agreed that the two Governments will share comprehensive details regarding the regulations guiding the issuance and use of Diplomatic and Service Passports for consideration of waiver of Visa.
  8. The two Ministers agreed to work on the modalities of developing user friendly customs and immigration documents for communities along the common border in order to facilitate ease of movement for people, goods and services.
  9. The Ministers agreed to have a full-fledged Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) in Mogadishu at a date to be mutually agreed upon through diplomatic channels.

Issued in Nairobi, on July 26, 2017.

 

Kenya, Republic of Korea Hold 4th Joint Economic Committee Meeting

The 4th Joint Economic Committee (JEC) meeting of the Kenya-Republic of Korea (ROK), took place in Nairobi on April 3, 2017.

The JEC, a channel for regular high-level consultations on economic diplomacy between the two countries, had Amb Tom Amolo Political and Diplomatic Secretary and Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs Lee Tae-ho leading the two delegations respectively.

The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Agreed Minutes, which contain the results of their discussion.

The meeting reviewed the current state of trade and investment flows and the overall economic relations between Kenya and the ROK. Kenya is ROK’s largest trading partner in East Africa and traditional ally that has recorded annual average growth rates of over 6 per cent in recent years.

The two sides also discussed;

  • Ways for Korean companies to participate in Kenya’s economic development plan Vision 2030;
  • Ways to enhance trade and investment between the two countries, and;
  • Ways to expand economic cooperation in a range of areas, including human resources development, science and technology, and e-government.

During the visit Mr. Lee paid a courtesy call on Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed, and discussed issue of mutual interests between the two countries including respective regional security.

India-Kenya Joint Statement during State Visit of H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, Jan. 10-12, 2017

  1. His Excellency Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya paid a State Visit to India from 10-12 January 2017 at the invitation of Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries for National Treasury; Trade Industrialisation and Cooperatives and Tourism as well as senior officials and a business delegation.
  2. The official programme of President Kenyatta included a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, meeting with the President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee, and delegation level talks with Prime Minister Modi; a Banquet hosted by the President of India; a courtesy call by Vice President of India Mr M. Hamid Ansari; and participation in an India- Kenya Business Forum in New Delhi. President Kenyatta also attended the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar on 10th January 2017.
  3. Bilateral discussions between Prime Minister Modi and President Kenyatta were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The talks covered issues of bilateral, regional and international interest.
  4. Prime Minister Modi and President Kenyatta reviewed the status of the agreements and decisions reached by the two countries following the State visit of Prime Minister Modi to Kenya in July 2016, and expressed satisfaction over their implementation. The leaders directed that the meeting of the Joint Commission (JCM) should be held regularly at mutually convenient dates.
  5. As members of the Indian Ocean Littoral States, both sides emphasised the importance of further consolidating the security and defence cooperation between the two countries. The two leaders recognised that the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation was expected to give a major boost to defence cooperation. The leaders called for the early convening of the first meeting of the Joint Working Group on Defence and Maritime Cooperation.
  6. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in areas of maritime surveillance, maritime security; sharing of white shipping information and joint hydrographic surveys. India also invited Kenya to participate in exhibitions like Aero-India and DEFEXPO.
  7. The leaders directed that the establishment of a Joint Working Group on Security be expedited to prepare an action plan for enhancing security related collaboration. Both sides agreed to continue sharing information and expertise in counter terrorism, cyber security, combating drugs and human trafficking. It was agreed to build a bilateral legal framework with early conclusion of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, an Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons and a Memorandum of Understanding on Controlling Narcotics.
  8. The leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and reiterated their commitment to working together in this regard, including expediting the finalization of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. The two leaders committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from extremist groups.
  9. On developmental assistance, President Kenyatta appreciated the power transmission line projects being executed by Indian companies under a Line of Credit (LOC) of US$ 61.6 million. Both Leaders noted with satisfaction that the implementation of US$ 29.95 million LOC for up-gradation of Rift Valley Textiles Factory (RIVATEX) and US$ 15 million LOC to IDB Capital Limited, for development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was in progress. Both sides welcomed the signing of US$ 100 million LOC for agricultural mechanisation in Kenya.
  10. The two sides noted that trade and investment relations should be expanded and deepened. In this connection, the two leaders agreed to work together to encourage their respective public and private companies to explore trade and investment opportunities while improving ease of doing business in their respective countries to boost the investment climate. The two Leaders tasked the Joint Trade Committee to explore further ways of enhancing trade cooperation.
  11. President Kenyatta welcomed participation of Indian private sector in development of infrastructure related projects in Kenya. The two Leaders welcomed the first meeting of Joint Technical Committee on Housing held in New Delhi on 9 January 2017 as well as revival of the Joint Business Council.
  12. President Kenyatta thanked India for the progress in installation of a telecobalt cancer therapy machine – the Bhabhatron II at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and appreciated training given to Kenyan oncologists under the India Africa Forum Summit Framework (IAFS III). He informed that plans were underway to put up a cancer hospital in Kenya under a Line of Credit offered by India. India reiterated its commitment towards a donation of essential/ARV medicines and medical equipment and capacity building/training programmes in the health sector. The leaders agreed on the importance of sustaining cooperation in the Health and Pharmaceutical sector. [President Kenyatta welcomed investors in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in the manufacture of anti-retroviral medicines to invest in Kenya and reap the benefits of the vast regional market.]
  13. The two Leaders reiterated the importance of cultural interactions and people to people contacts in strengthening bilateral relations. India appreciated support of the Government of Kenya in successful organisation of the first-ever ‘Festival of India in Kenya’ in October-November 2016. Indian side welcomed the possibility to organize a Festival of Kenya in India in the near future. The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to renew the Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) so as to boost cultural exchanges. The leaders expressed satisfaction over the increasing flow of tourists between the two countries.
  14. Kenya thanked India for the grant of US$ 1 million for renovation of the Mahatma Gandhi Graduate Library at the University of Nairobi and the setting up of an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair for Indian Studies at the University. The two sides reiterated their desire to exchange coaches for training in athletics and cricket and hockey as a way of promoting sports cooperation.
  15. India invited Kenya to join the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). India offered its expertise in the area of LED smart street lighting and LED bulbs for domestic use. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance that both countries attached to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and agreed to work towards finalizing the agreement on Cooperation in the Blue Economy.
  16. The two leaders reiterated their strong support for the ongoing reforms of the United Nations and its principal organs with a view to making the institution more democratic, representative, transparent and efficient so that it can deal more effectively with the myriad challenges of the contemporary world. They emphasized the importance of an early reform of the United Nations Security Council, in both permanent and non-permanent membership categories, so that it reflects the current realities and functions in an accountable, representative and effective manner.
  17. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the regular high-level contacts between the two countries that provide the much needed impetus to progressive enhancement and deepening of bilateral ties across the entire spectrum of cooperation.

 

### As on January 9, 2017 at 1930 hrs.

Development Partners Express Renewed Confidence in EAC

East African Community Secretariat; Arusha, Tanzania; December 12, 2016 – A High Level Dialogue between the officials of the East African Community and the Development Partners concluded on 6th December 2016, in Dar es salaam, Tanzania, with the Development Partners commending the Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko for his outstanding work and commitment in enhancing efficiency of EAC processes and procedures through introduction of reforms.

At the dialogue, held at the official residence of the Norwegian Ambassador to United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, the Development Partners expressed renewed confidence in EAC with UK, Canada, France and Turkey committing to resume contributions to the EAC through the Partnership Fund in the next financial year.

The Secretary General was accompanied by Hon. Christophe Bavizamo, Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors; Hon. Jesca Eriyo, the Deputy Secretary General in charge of Finance and Administration; and other Senior Officers from the EAC Secretariat.

Prior to the dialogue, the Secretary General met and held discussions with H.E. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, the Norwegian Ambassador, who is also the Chair of the Partnership Fund High Level Committee. Their discussions revolved around the future of the Partnership Fund including the succession of the Partnership Fund Chairmanship and recruitment of a dedicated Manager for the Fund. She expressed her appreciation for the outstanding work the Secretary General had exhibited since he took over the leadership of the Community. H.E. Hanne-Marie has been the Chair of the Committee for the last 3 years and will be completing her term on 31st December 2016.

On the same day, the Secretary General held a series of meetings with several Development Partners in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to update them on the regional integration agenda and discuss possibilities of further collaboration.

EAC – EU cooperation

The Secretary General met the Head of European Delegation to United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Amb. Roeland van de Geer to discuss the EAC – EU cooperation, specifically the implementation of Euro 85 Million allocated under EDF 11.

EAC-Turkish Cooperation

The Secretary General met H.E. Yasemin Eralp, the Turkish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania. During the meeting, the Secretary General urged the Turkish government to consider identifying areas of potential cooperation with EAC. The Turkish Ambassador on her part expressed her Government’s interest to contribute to the Partnership Fund, and collaborate with EAC in areas of Trade, Investment, and Agriculture.

EAC- Germany Cooperation

The Secretary General and H.E. Egon Kochanke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Republic of Tanzania, signed a EURO 7 Million with the Federal Republic of Germany to support Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC Region and the establishment of an Academic Center for Digital Innovation in East Africa. This is the second Agreement between EAC and the Government of Germany this financial year. On 23rd November EAC signed a EURO 40 Million agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany and KfW Development Bank to support immunization programmes in the EAC and operations of the Regional Laboratory Network for Communicable Diseases.

EAC-China Cooperation

The Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko met the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Lu Youqing. During the meeting, the Secretary General appreciated the contribution by the Chinese Government to the ongoing Inter-Burundi Dialogue. He acknowledged receipt of US$ 200,000 in the EAC Secretariat’s accounts as support to the Office of the Facilitator of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue. The Chinese Ambassador reiterated his Government’s commitment to supporting EAC in the investment, Industry and Environment and Wildlife Conservation. The People’s Republic of China also expressed interest to enter into a unilateral Free Trade Area Agreement with EAC and it was ready to commence discussions with the EAC towards this end.
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