Kenya, Nigeria sign pacts to boost ties

July 16, 2013
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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Nigerian counterpart President Goodluck Jonathan at Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria where they held bilateral talks/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Nigerian counterpart President Goodluck Jonathan at Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria where they held bilateral talks/PSCU
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16- President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday witnessed the signing of three bilateral agreements to help boost ties between the two countries at State House, Abuja.

The three agreements were signed by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretaries Ambassador Amina Mohamed and her Nigerian counterpart Olugbenga Ashiru.

They included the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation, a Protocol on consultations between Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Kenya and Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an MOU on mutual cooperation between the Foreign Service Institute of Kenya and the Foreign Service Academy of Nigeria.

The move will facilitate the formation of an enabling framework for enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in diverse areas of mutual interest including trade, tourism, education, technical cooperation and high level diplomatic engagements.

In a communiqué read by Ashiru, the two heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to further develop and strengthen the existing cordial relations between the two countries.

They agreed on implementation of strategies directed at promoting intra-Africa trade and investment in their respective countries including in the areas of agriculture, tourism, minerals exploitation, financial services, education and energy.

The leaders noted that harnessing the enormous potential existing in these sectors will facilitate creation of employment and sustainable business opportunities.

President Kenyatta and his host further agreed to establish structures to manage information and encourage more direct contact between competent authorities in the two countries with a view to combating international terrorism and other international crime such as drug trafficking and money laundering.

Earlier, President Kenyatta separately met and held talks with Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Desalegn and Vice President of Ghana Kwesi Amissah-Urthur on the sidelines of the Abuja +12 Summit at Abuja International Conference Centre.

The talks focused on matters of mutual interest both at the bilateral and regional levels.

In attendance were Kenya’s High Commissioner to Nigeria Tom Amolo and Principal Secretary Foreign Affairs Karanja Kibicho among senior government officials.

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