Ukraine, Kenya Discuss Strengthening Relations

Kenya is seen as the gateway to Central, Eastern and Southern Africa


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Kenya has expressed its readiness to become an entry point for Ukraine to the Eastern and Southern Africa market, and is open to Ukrainian agrarian technologies and innovative products.

This was stated during a meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya, the Honorable Justin Muturi. This is the first visit of the Kenyan high-ranking official to Ukraine and the first opportunity to discuss details of cooperation between the two countries, especially since the history of such cooperation is quite long.

Diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 1993. At various levels, there are about a dozen draft bilateral agreements on trade-economic and investment cooperation, collaboration between chambers of commerce and industry, in the sectors of education, tourism, the legal sphere, the establishment of a joint trade and economic commission, mutual protection of investments, avoidance of double taxation, etc.

Two years ago, after an extreme drought in Africa, Ukraine exported some 180,000 tons of corn to Kenya, which contributed greatly to the strengthening of food security in Africa. And now Kenya enters the list of the most promising markets for Ukraine, both in regional and global contexts.

“We are interested in developing bilateral relations because we have a number of important economic opportunities that can be used. And this visit is another step in the right direction,” said Groysman.

“We now have about $70 million in turnover. It’s insufficient. And areas of mutual interest are in abundance. Therefore, we are open to business circles. I invite the Kenyan Government delegation to visit Kyiv as well, so that we can exchange opportunities. It’s not just about export-import operations, but also about the functioning of a full-fledged Embassy of Kenya in Kyiv, as well as direct flights. We are ready to cooperate in those areas that are of mutual concern,” he continued.

“I would like to express my gratitude for the invitation to visit Ukraine on an official visit. Eastern Africa is a large market, while Kenya is the gateway to the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. In addition, Kenya is tea, coffee and 40% of the flower market. We are ready to work together on projects from which both countries will benefit,” said Muturi, in response.

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya noted that during his visit he had had the opportunity to visit historic places connected with different milestones of Ukrainian history, including recent history.

“Moreover, I want to assure that Kenya firmly supports the territorial structure of Ukraine and the principles of the inviolability of borders. We believe that the borders of countries, in particular of Ukraine, cannot be violated. We remain resolute in this stance. And we would like to call on all countries of the world to adhere to the rules of inviolability of borders and maintaining peace,” said Muturi.

Source Ukraine Government Portal
date 14.05.2019
categories Economics
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