, ATHENS, Greece April 26 – The government of Greece has agreed to support Kenya’s newly established coast guard through training, technical assistance and other capacity building.
Kenya is also poised to benefit from Greek support towards maritime security programs, including cooperation in surveillance to counter piracy and illegal fishing, exchange programs, scholarships, skills transfer and partnership with Bandari College.
Greece is a global leader in maritime and naval affairs. President Uhuru Kenyatta launched Kenya’s Coast Guard last November in Mombasa.
The wide ranging principles of cooperation were agreed earlier this morning when Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba, held bilateral talks with Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Fotios-Fanourios Kouvelis at the Ministry Headquarters in Athens, Greece.
Their discussions centred on key areas of cooperation in the blue economy, maritime security, shipping and trade.
On multilateral cooperation, Greece formally sought Kenya’s support for her candidature on the council of the International Migration Organisation (IMO) for category A and offered to reciprocate by supporting Kenya’s candidature for the same council under category C.
CAS Ababu is on official visit to Greece on the invitation of the Greek government.
He commenced his visit with fruitful talks on Wednesday with Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Athanasia Anagnostopoulou and her Deputy Tarense-Nikolaus Quick. He was also hosted at the Ministry of Economy and Development by Deputy Minister Stergios Pitsiorlas.
They discussed conclusion and signing of MOUs on cooperation in tourism, agriculture, sports, culture, diplomatic training and twining of the Ports of Mombasa and Lamu and Piraeus and Alexandroupolis, all in the context of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Big 4 Agenda.
Air traffic between Nairobi and Athens and cooperation in the war against terrorism and violent extremism also featured prominently.
It has been agreed that a Kenya-Greece Joint Ministerial Committee be convened in Nairobi by June, 2019 to accelerate the framework of cooperation between the two countries.