NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi have resolved to facilitate the two
countries’ business communities to scale up the economic
Speaking at the Kenya-India business forum in
Nairobi, Kenyatta encouraged more Indian companies to invest in
Kenya to bridge the trade imbalance that is in favour of India.
The Kenyan leader urged India to open its market to Kenyan goods
and also support value addition, noting that Indian companies could
access unexploited opportunities in Kenya through partnership with
Kenyan companies, public-private partnership or on their own.
Kenyatta said companies that have set up shop in Kenya can
testify that the country is open, safe and ideal for local and
foreign business and investment.
He added that his government has put in place business-friendly
reforms that are supported by wide and expansive local, regional and
"It is time to partner with Kenya so that India’s products,
services and firms can find markets right across Africa.
"I would like to encourage more trade and, indeed, a deeper
partnership between Kenya and India investors," he said.
Kenyatta encouraged collaboration between the two countries’
trade and investment institutions.
"Such collaboration would definitely hasten information exchange
on trade and investment, and also facilitate transfer of
technology," Kenyatta said.
He cited agribusiness, textiles, tourism, manufacturing,
wholesale and retail business, distribution, mining, health and
pharmaceutical manufacturing, export processing zones and
construction as the areas that could be tapped.
The two leaders cited the historic trade and business ties
between the two countries and rooted for the entrenchment of a
"We have worked together in the past in many areas; we have to
work closer now for the benefit of the people of our two countries,"
said Modi who was accompanied by a delegation of 80 business
He gave an assurance of his government’s support to make Kenya a
regional hub in health provision, saying the two countries will work
together in harnessing solar energy, saying it is a good strategy in
providing electricity to rural villages.
"I am aware that Kenya lays great emphasis on solar energy.
"We are expanding the same form of energy, and together we can
achieve more in this area," the PM said.
The Indian PM also said he looked forward to the two countries
collaborating in the exploitation of their maritime resources.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi returns home from four-nation Africa tour
NEW DELHI India (Xinhua) --
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home
Tuesday after wrapping up a five-day tour of four African nations.
"After a vital Africa tour which witnessed key talks,
interactions & agreements, PM @narendramodi reaches Delhi," the
Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
Modi flew back to the Indian capital this morning from Kenya, his
last stop on his four-nation tour that also included Mozambique,
South Africa and Tanzania.
In Kenya, the Indian prime minister held talks on Monday with
President Uhuru Kenyatta and both sides inked seven pacts, including
in field of defense and security and double taxation avoidance.
Modi had gone to Kenya from Tanzania, where he held talks with
the country’s leadership and offered 92 million U.S. dollars Line of
Credit for a key water supply project and signed five pacts.
In South Africa, the Indian premier met South African President
Jacob Zuma and discussed a wide range of issues, particularly in the
His first stop was Mozambique where Modi held talks with
President Filipe Nyusi and oversaw signing of three pacts, including
one under which India will buy pulses from this African nation.
Modi’s tour of Africa—his first to the continent though he had
gone to the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Seychelles
earlier—was aimed at bolstering ties with Africa.