, JERUSALEM, Israel, Feb 24 — President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday evening urged Israelis to invest more in Kenya since it is one of the easiest countries in which to do business.
The President said the ease of doing business in Kenya was as a result of deliberate measures implemented by the Government to make the country favourable to investors.
President Kenyatta spoke at a State Dinner hosted in his honour by the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin and First Lady Nechama Rivlin, at the Israeli President’s official residence.
“I call upon Israel businessmen and women to head to Kenya and take advantage of the conducive investment climate prevailing,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta said Kenya is a country on the move that is committed to a bright vision of prosperity and whose economy is on a path of rapid growth.
“Indeed, Kenya is today a country in transformation that strives to be a land of new opportunities and is open to partnership, trade and investments,” said President Kenyatta at the dinner attended by Israeli government officials and leading business leaders.
President Kenyatta said Kenya and Israel face similar challenges in a world that is becoming increasingly interlinked. The President said the two countries both find themselves in volatile neighbourhoods.
“Kenya and Israel have learned much, and have much to share in these experiences. In this regard, we look forward to forging even stronger relations and cooperation in ensuring safety and security of our peoples,” said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta said his visit is a culmination of many official visits between the two countries and signifies the esteem in which Kenya holds Israel.
President Kenyatta noted that Deputy President William Ruto visited Israel in October 2015 while Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Minister Eugene Wamalwa also visited Israel in August 2015.
The Israeli President said his country values the relationship it has with Kenya and wants them to be cemented with stronger bilateral relations.
President Rivlin praised Kenya’s role in regional stability. He also commended Kenya for being a trailblazer in green energy production.
President Kenyatta will on Wednesday morning visit a Kibbutz (a collective community based on agriculture) where a group of Kenyan students are learning dry land farming technologies.