NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – Kenya and Seychelles have agreed to continue working together to boost regional trade and investment through joint partnerships.
The resolution was reached at a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Seychelles counterpart Danny Faure on Monday, who is in the country for a State visit.
In a joint news conference after the State House meeting, President Kenyatta lauded his counterpart for the support extended to Kenya in the war against terrorism and drug trafficking through inter-agency cooperation.
“I want to thank his Excellency for the partnership and cooperation that the security agencies have received in our fights against piracy, terrorism but more specifically in our fight against the drug trade,” President Kenyatta said.
On his part, the Seychelles leader said his government will work with Kenyan authorities to support peace in the region, taking the opportunity to call for peaceful elections in Kenya that will not disrupt development.
“I am aware that Kenya is heading for elections in August, I come from a very small country and I wish the Kenyan people all the best,” Faure said.
On trade, Seychelles President said his country will work with Kenya, to facilitate the trade of meat and poultry products which are available locally as opposed to getting them from other markets in the region.
“We have both agreed that our agencies and marketing organisations, and ministers will work in transforming this new vision into reality. In importation of meat and poultry, as Seychelles we have been looking somewhere else. We now to import meat and poultry from Kenya,” he said.
The two leaders also agreed to have and exchange program in education where Kenyans teachers will be sent to work in Seychelles.
On tourism, the two countries plan to supplement each other considering Kenya is strong in safari while Seychelles in beaches.
“We have talked about how to deepen our cooperation in tourism. Kenya’s Safari product and Seychelles beach product are well renowned and we have agreed on how we need to further deepen out two national tourism boards and how we can jointly sell,” Kenyatta said.
Kenya also pledged to increase Kenya Airways flights between the two countries to support tourism and trade.