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Kenya’s foreign policy is based on trade

16 July 2013, 12:32 PPS

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.

Addressing the 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. 

President 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.

He 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 their country.

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.

The 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.

President Kenyatta said, “From a trade and investment perspective, Kenya has many lucrative business opportunities to be tapped”.

Speaking 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 level.

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.

Kenyans 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.

Gakunga 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 courtesy call.

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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