Bilateral trade: Kenya, Jamaica commit to deepen ties

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 00:00 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jamaican Premier Andrew Holness witness signing of deals by their Foreign ministers at Kingston, yesterday. Photo/PSCU

Kenya and Jamaica have pledged  to deepen bilateral and people-to-people ties for the benefit of the two countries.

The commitment came as President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is in Jamaica for a historic State visit, held bilateral talks with his host Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday afternoon.

The two leaders, who met at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston, witnessed the signing of four agreements among them MoUs on technical cooperation in tourism, sports, culture and heritage as well as a framework of cooperation on political consultations.

The two later held a bilateral meeting during which plans to introduce air transport connections between Kenya and Jamaica were discussed.

“Our national carrier now has scheduled direct flights from Nairobi to New York but we would like to see flights from the East Coast to the West Coast of Africa and directly to Jamaica as a true way of deepening our partnership,” said Uhuru, adding that deepened commercial ties between the two countries will encourage trade.

“Jamaica, Kenya relations are deeply rooted. It is well documented that our first national hero, The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey had significant influence on Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime Minister of Kenya and later its first President,” said PM Holness.

At the end of the year, Kenya will host the next African, Caribbean and Pacific (APC) summit and Holness is expected to attend.   —PSCU

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