Kenya’s foreign policy is based on trade
16 July 2013, 12:32
Abuja - President Uhuru Kenyatta has reaffirmed that his government’s foreign
policy will be geared towards deepening trade relations with member
states of EAC among other African nations.
Kenyan Diaspora in Nigeria after officially opening the newly
constructed Chancery and High Commissioner’s official residence in
Abuja, the President said intra-Africa trade diplomacy will form the
mantra of Kenya’s foreign policy.
The Head of State said
his government’s policy is to facilitate people to easily cross borders
to explore opportunities and engage in trade within the continent.
Kenyatta said African countries should focus on removal of trade
barriers while rooting for internal solutions to the many challenges
facing the African continent.
“We are not abandoning the
traditional partners but enhancing relations with our neighbours who are
always there for us. Our number one foreign policy is Africa, number
two Africa and number three Africa,” the President added.
emphasized that the future of Kenya depend partly on working closely
with other African countries.In this regard, President Kenyatta asked
Kenyan Diaspora in Nigeria to be good ambassadors by speaking well about
The President called upon Africans in the
Diaspora to market the continent positively by portraying Africa as the
new frontier of development and prosperity.
He pointed out
that his maiden visit to Nigeria was not only to attend the Special
African Union (AU) Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (A.T.M.)
but also meet with the host President to reaffirm his commitment to
strengthening the cordial relations existing between the two countries.
president wooed honest Nigerians ready to engage in genuine business to
visit the country and tap available investment opportunities saying the
government will continue providing a conducive environment.
Kenyatta said, “From a trade and investment perspective, Kenya has many
lucrative business opportunities to be tapped”.
during the occasion, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina
Mohamed said promotion of intra-Africa trade will enable national
governments in the continent to take their relationships to another
On his part, Health Cabinet Secretary James
Macharia said the government has allocated ksh. 98 billion this
financial year to the Health sector.He added that Ksh. 64 billion of the
budgetary allocation will be distributed among the counties.
in Nigeria led by their representative Agnes Akunga assured the
President of the Kenyan Diaspora’s resolute support for his government
to deliver on its development agenda.
specifically commended the government for its elaborate policy on youth
and women empowerment and stressed the need to develop frameworks
sensitive to their welfare.
The Head of State, who is in
Abuja to attend the Special African Union (AU) Summit on HIV/AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria (A.T.M.), later at his hotel residence, met and
held talks with his host President Good Luck Jonathan who paid him a
During the discussions touching on issues
of mutual benefit to the two countries, the two leaders agreed on
detailed bilateral talks later in the week during which a number of
agreements will be signed.
In attendance were Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Erastus Mwencha and senior government officials.
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