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President Kenyatta set for 3-day Cuba State visit

A statement from State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu stated that the visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and deepening collaboration in health, sports, culture and trade/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Tuesday set to jet out for a three-day State visit to Cuba.

A statement from State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu stated that the visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and deepening collaboration in health, sports, culture and trade.

According to Esipisu, Cuba has a special historical relationship with Kenya and Africa as a whole.

“Cuba’s relationship with African liberation movements began as early as the 1960s and the Cuban revolution was a great inspiration particularly during the struggle against colonialism and apartheid,” he stated.

He said that President Kenyatta’s visit will seek to strengthen these relations and expand areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

Last year, Kenya and Cuba signed an MoU on health cooperation where the two nations committed to achieve universal healthcare, an initiative which forms part of Kenyatta’s big four agenda.

“There is a great opportunity, during the President’s visit, for the two nations to expand the MoU implementation for the achievement of universal healthcare, an important deliverable in President Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda,” he said.

He stated that Cuba is interested in registering and selling its pharmaceutical products in the Kenyan market and is also keen to cooperate in vector control in Kenya.

He explained that President Kenyatta will encourage Cuba to set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kenya to serve the East and Central Africa regional market.

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“The President will explore how to build Kenyan capacity, increase the number of medical specialists in orthopaedic surgery, oncology, neurology, and trauma management; and collaborate in research on cancer and diabetes drugs, and eradication of malaria.”

He said that Kenya will also seek cooperation in veterinary vaccines.

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