, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – President Mwai Kibaki has met and held discussions with 21 European Union Heads of Missions accredited to Kenya who called on him at his Harambee House office in Nairobi.
During the discussions, President Kibaki hailed the existing mutual cooperation and development partnership existing between Kenya and the EU.
The Head of State observed that the EU is not only a strong partner of Kenya but is also the largest trade partner and donor to the country as evidenced by the numerous grants and projects initiated in various parts of the country.
He expressed satisfaction that an estimated 30 per cent of Kenya’s exports were destined to the EU and called on increased trade volumes to benefit the citizens of respective countries.
President Kibaki told the diplomats that his government was committed to building a prosperous, stable and equitable democratic nation.
The President pointed out that Kenya was keen to continue playing her role among the community of nations not only regionally but also at the international scene.
He said that his government had initiated comprehensive reforms towards the achievement of a prosperous nation as evidenced by the formulation of a development blue print, the Vision 2030.
The President also asserted that various pieces of legislation have so far been passed and others have been lined up for enactment by Parliament.
The envoys, on their part, led by the outgoing Swedish Ambassador, Anne Brundt expressed concern at the slow pace of implementing crucial reforms in the country.
They noted that the ongoing reforms are necessary for the anchoring of democracy, stability and to avert a repeat of the violence that was witnessed after the last general elections.
They said that they were keen on engaging dialogue with the government to safeguard and strengthen the existing ties between the government and the EU.
They reaffirmed that EU remains the largest trade partner and donor to Kenya and looked forward to collaborating with the government in achieving admirable democratic development and lasting peace in the country.