NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 21 – Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is due to visit Kenya from Wednesday.
A statement from State House says PM Desalegn will be in Kenya until Friday.
“In preparation for the State visit, senior officials from Kenya and Ethiopia have met in Nairobi since last week,” State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said.
The discussions focused on the speedy implementation of Special Status Agreement signed by the two governments in November 2012.
The visit to Kenya by the Ethiopian Prime Minister follows a State visit by President Kenyatta to Ethiopia in March 2014.
“On Tuesday, the 35th Joint Ministerial Commission will take place to pave way for the first High Level Biennial Commission which will be inaugurated by President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Desalegn.”
He explained that this is in line with the 2014 agreement to elevate the Joint Ministerial Commission to a Bi-National Commission to be convened at the highest level of government.
“The new framework raises the profile of our structured bilateral engagement to the highest level and underscores the commitment of both countries to consolidate our strategic partnership.”
During the summit, the two heads of government will review progress on ongoing LAPSSET projects, discuss energy related projects and agreements and seek stronger cooperation on a range of matters, including border management and reducing human trafficking.
“They will also discuss strengthening security cooperation, and deepening commitment to regional and international cooperation.”
Kenya and Ethiopia are strategic partners and will use the visit to enhance bilateral economic cooperation between both countries, including trade relations.
A Kenya-Ethiopia Business Forum, in which business leaders will seek to strengthen business-to-business relations will be held on Wednesday.