Nairobi - Kenya and Japan are expected to
conclude talks on direct flights between Tokyo and Nairobi at the 6th
TICAD summit set for the city in August.
participation in Kenya’s development over the last 50 years as
"enormous", William Ruto noted the country has been instrumental to
Ruto, in a report on The Standard, cited roads and the Port of
Mombasa but said there is room for further engagement in trade,
investment and the movement of people by enabling Kenya Airways' direct
flights to Tokyo.
This, he said, will facilitate easier movement and improve business transactions between the countries.
spoke at his official residence in Karen, Nairobi, on Tuesday, when he
held talks with Katsyuki Kawai, a special advisor to Japan Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe.
Ruto said Kenya and Japan signed an
understanding under the universal health strategy that will see Japan
give $33 million through the National Hospital Insurance Fund.
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The Star further stated that they also discussed the development of special economic zones in
Mombasa and the second container terminal, the DP saying the state is
encouraging private sector participation.
“We want to find a
balance between public and private participation in the development of
the special economic zones with public participation being very
minimal,” he said.
Ruto said the Tokyo International Conference
on African Development will reignite world attention on Africa's needs
and address the trade imbalance with Japan. He noted that the summit is
taking place outside Japan for the first time since its launch 23 years
Kawai who was accompanied by Japanese Ambassador Tatsushi
Terada and Ambassador for TICAD Toshitsugu Uesawa underscored relations
between Kenya and Japan.
He expressed Japan’s commitment to the relationship saying focus on trade and investment will be deepened.
Also present were Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and Industrialization's Adan Mohammed.
The DP earlier bade farewell to outgoing Algerian Ambassador Saad Maandi.
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