Kenya and Qatar sign maritime cooperation deal

September 12, 2014
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President Uhuru Kenyatta  with Qatar Minister  for Transport , Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti when he called on him at State House, Nairobi/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Qatar Minister for Transport , Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti when he called on him at State House, Nairobi/PSCU
NAIROBI, Sept 12 —President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday met a delegation from the Qatar led by the gulf state’s Transport Minister Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti.

The delegation was meeting the President after Kenya and Qatar signed an agreement on maritime cooperation.

The Minister also briefed the President on other economic deals in which Kenya is set to benefit from its cooperation with Qatar.

The deals were initiated when President Kenyatta paid a State Visit to Qatar earlier in the year.

Under the maritime deal, there will be direct shipping between Mombasa and Doha which is set to boost trade in Kenya and the East African region.

The deal also includes agreements on seafarers that will help Kenyans get a priority in employment opportunities with Qatar shipping lines.

The delegation also informed the President that Qatar Airways will soon start cargo flights from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Another team from Qatar is expected to come to Nairobi to map out the deal in which cargo will be lifted from Nairobi to Doha for onward transmission to all parts of the world.

Al Sulaiti informed the President that his Government has also offered to give training to three Kenyan engineers on port development.

The three engineers will be attached to the Doha Port Authority and will be exposed to port constructions and improvements.

The minister said that Qatar will from now on employ more Kenyans in its aviation and transport sector. Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau attended the meeting.

Earlier in the morning, President Kenyatta met Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai and security experts who discussed with him measures being taken to improve the security of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The security plan is set to improve safety of the wildlife in the Maasai Mara and will also reduce human wildlife conflict.

Devolution Minister Anne Waiguru attended the meeting.

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