REPORTS FROM THE
President Uhuru Kenyatta holds first meeting with
South Korea looked forward to working with the new
government in ICT investment through education
exchange programs between the two countries
David Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
President Uhuru Kenyatta held a series of meetings
with regional leaders and envoys on his first day in
the capital Nairobi to seek cooperation, especially
foreign investments in the East Africa nation.
meeting with Chinese National People’s Congress Vice-
Chairman Zhang Baowen on Wednesday, Kenyatta invited
more Chinese investors to the country, assuring them
that Kenya has a highly skilled human resource base
that can be exploited to facilitate trade between the
Kenyatta further said his government is keen on increasing
the flow of local exports into the Chinese market, singling
out green tea and coffee as products that can be taken to
another level for the benefit of the Kenyan population,” the
Through the existing
Joint Trade and Economic Commission between Kenya and China,
Kenya said the two governments will continue exploring ways of
enhancing trade and investment through value-addition and
capacity building that addresses the trade imbalance.
On his part, Zhang,
who is special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping,
delivered congratulatory and goodwill messages from Xi to
President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya.
The Chinese special
envoy said the two countries will continue to cooperate in
areas such as climate change and United Nations (UN) reforms
and looked forward to continued collaboration on other
Kenya’s strong agricultural potential, the special envoy
said there is a wide scope for cooperation in agricultural
technologies, farming mechanization and use of better seed,”
the statement said.
The Kenyan leader’s
talks with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame focused on
issues of mutual interest at the bilateral and regional
During talks with
the Malawi’s Vice-President Khumbo Kachali, Kenyatta said
Kenya had a lot to learn from Malawi’s government policy
intervention on food production.
noted that the decision by the Malawi government to
reintroduce fertilizer subsidies as part of the 2005
Fertilizer Subsidy Policy contributed to the turnaround from a
food deficit to a country producing surplus food.
response, Kachali said Malawi was keen to learn from Kenya’s
successful implementation of the Constituency Development
Fund (CDF),” the statement said.
Kenya and Malawi in
January resolved to establish resident diplomatic missions in
Lilongwe and Nairobi as a matter of priority as a commitment
to strengthening and consolidating the bilateral relations
enjoyed by the two countries.
predecessor Mwai Kibaki and Malawian President Joyce Banda
also directed the relevant government agencies in the two
countries to, as a matter of priority, work out modalities of
opening the resident diplomatic missions without further
During a meeting
with U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, President
Kenyatta said issues of peace, national unity and
reconciliation were top on the Jubilee government’s list of
Jackson on his part
congratulated President Kenyatta and the Kenyan people for
conducting a peaceful election and emphasized the need for
reconciliation after last month’s general election.
The civil rights
activist added that mutual respect was a pre- requisite in
Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Shashi Tharoor,
Kenyatta said Kenya was keen on strengthening technical
cooperation especially in health and agricultural sectors.
confidence that being a young leader, President Kenyatta will
propel the East African nation into greater heights in
In his talks with
South Korea’s special envoy Choung Byoung-gug, President
Kenyatta noted that although Kenya and South Korea started on
the same footing in the 1970s, massive investment in human
capital and technology had made South Korea one of the most
industrialized countries in the world.
On his part, Choung
said South Korea looked forward to working with the new
government in ICT investment through education exchange
programs between the two countries.
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