Kenya ready to become gateway to Eastern and Southern Africa for Ukraine

Kenya expresses 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 with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya Honorary Justin Mutury. This is the first visit of the Kenyan high-ranking official to Ukraine and the first opportunity to discuss the details of cooperation between the two countries. Especially since the history of such cooperation is quite long.

Hence, diplomatic relations have been established between both countries since 1993. At the various levels, there are considered 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.

"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 Volodymyr 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 the 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."

"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 Hon. Justin Muturi, in response.


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