NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday his
government will deepen economic cooperation with Sudan,
including boosting production of lower-cost sugar and expanding
Nairobi’s tea exports to the Arab nation.
Kenyatta who spoke
when he met Kamal Ismael, special envoy of Sudan’s President
Omar al-Bashir in Nairobi, recalled that during meetings with
the Sudanese leader, they had agreed to collaborate more on
sugar production, with Kenya learning from the technologies that
have made Sudan one of the lowest-cost producers in the world.
According to a
statement issued after the meeting, Kenyatta said he wanted to
see an agreement for Kenya to learn from Sudan on expanded
cotton farming come to fruition, because it was at the base of a
plan to increase textiles and apparels manufacturing under the
President’s Big Four agenda of manufacturing, affordable
housing, universal healthcare and food security.
The Kenyan leader
has put food security and nutrition, affordable housing,
increased manufacturing, and universal healthcare for all, at
the heart of his agenda in his second-term of office, which
started in earnest when he was sworn in November 2017.
Kenyatta also said
Kenya could learn from Sudan’s oil contracting and extraction
arrangements, as it nears commercial production of its oils from
the Lokichar fields in northern Kenya.
The Sudanese envoy
had come to Nairobi to seek President Kenyatta’s support for his
candidature of the Executive Secretary of the Inter-Governmental
Authority on Development (IGAD).
Ismael told the
President that Sudan itself was committed to stronger
Kenya-Sudan relations, and would this year increase its imports
of Kenyan teas by 20 percent. Sudan is one of the leading buyers
of Kenyan teas.
Sudan was also
working with neighbors Chad, and other Arab nations to see how
to increase availability of Kenyan teas in those countries,
Ismael told President Kenyatta.