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Kenyan seafarers set to benefit from India Diplomatic ties

16 October 2014, 22:56 Ken Wakesa

Nairobi - Kenya maritime board chairman Mwalimu Kitandi Digore said the maritime authority has presented their proposal to the Indian commissioner in Nairobi.

Speaking to the press at the maritime office Mombasa when a team of Indian mariners docked at the Indian Ocean paid a courtesy call to his office, Digore said Kenya will reap big from the diplomatic ties.

“We have requested the Indian government through their marine department to assist Kenya Maritime sector to increase our capabilities in the marine department” said Digore.

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The maritime board chairman said if the proposal are fruitful, it will sea Kenyan acquire international marine time skills from Indian which will spearhead speedy development in maritime sector in Kenya.

Digore revealed that Kenya had special relations with the Indian government that has seen over 4 billion shilling worth of goods and services exchanged between the two nations.

He said Kenya is set to expand its business ties with Indian in feature in marketing more Kenyan products to India.

“In our business ties with Indian we have been largely been receiving goods from India we are working in a bid to make it possible for Kenya to be able to export products to India”

The Indian crew captain Hari Kumar called upon Kenyan to cooperate with Indian government, he however said the mariners in India face similar challenges as their counterparts in Kenya.

“We have to rely upon our cooperation to fight drug trafficking and vices bad that are experienced by mariners in the waters” Kumar said

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