, DOHA, Qatar, Apr 23 – President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State visit to Qatar reached its apex on Wednesday when he met His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani at his palace in Doha.
Emerging after a two-hour meeting where the two leaders and their delegations discussed various areas of cooperation ranging from energy generation, transport, agriculture and security, President Kenyatta and the Emir witnessed the signing of four agreements and three Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs).
One of the agreements signed was on Economic, Commercial and Technical Cooperation and lays the foundation for cooperation between Kenya and Qatar in trade, industry, energy, agriculture, communication, transport, construction, labour and tourism.
Another one was on cooperation in the legal fields and provides for capacity building and exchange of technical assistance between the two countries’ legal sectors.
A third agreement was on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. This agreement ensures that investors from the two countries will not be taxed both at home and in their country of investment.
The fourth agreement signed was on reciprocal promotion and protection of investment. It guarantees that the rights and property of investors from Qatar and Kenya shall be protected by the host country in which the investments are located.
The MOUs signed were between KenGen and Nebras Power Company of Qatar, between Kenya’s Ministry of Mining and Qatar Mining Company and between the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce.
At the meeting, the Emir assured President Kenyatta that Qatar was ready to work with Kenya as it moves to implement its the Vision 2030 flagship projects including the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor.
The Emir said his Government would also provide technical assistance and capacity building to the Kenya Ports Authority and Rift Valley Railways.
On regional security, President Kenyatta and the Qatari leader agreed that the two countries should cooperate in defence and security particularly in the stabilisation of Somalia. The Emir said his Government would assist in the de-radicalisation of the youth in Kenya as part of its support to ongoing security initiatives in the country.
“We will also help in the provision of equipment and security gadgets as part of our contribution to the East African regional peace initiatives,” the Emir said.
President Kenyatta welcome Qatar’s support, saying Kenya valued true partnerships anchored on mutually beneficial relations.
The President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed of Foreign Affairs, Davis Chirchir of Energy, Najib Balala of Mining, Michael Kamau of Transport and Adan Mohamed of Industrialisation and Enterprise.
Others were Industrialist Chris Kirubi, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Kiprono Kittony and KenGen Managing Director Albert Mugo.