Kenya PM speaks big of Iran trip

May 29, 2009

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – The recent signing of the bilateral partnership between the government and the Islamic republic of Iran is likely to speed up development prospects in the country, Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said.

He said the ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two States in various fields of interest was prudent if the country was to fast track and re-energise her drive towards industrialization in line with Vision 2030 dream.

“We agreed to have co-operation in fields of higher education, science and technology, water, irrigation and  livestock development with special focus to arid and semi arid regions  in Northern Kenya,” he told journalists upon his arrival from the successful working trip to Iran.

Mr Odinga said the Iranian government had also expressed interest in jointly working with local scientists in medical research and pharmaceutical studies for the mutual benefit of the two nations.

The Premier had earlier in the week made a visit in United States of America where he held talks with executives of multinational corporations on investment prospects in the country.

He said the executive officers were briefed about the investment potentials the country enjoyed and were invited to open more outlets in Kenya to reap the benefits in the local market.

Mr Odinga said the meeting with the investors under the auspices of the Chicago Global Council – an organisation promoting private sector investment initiatives outside the US – was meant to restore and mold the image of the country before the international business community.

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