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President Uhuru Kenyatta and British PM Boris Johnson agree to strengthen ties between the countries

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday held talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson focused on scaling up the robust ties between Kenya and the UK.

At the meeting held at the PM’s office on No.10 Downing Street in London, President Kenyatta and PM Johnson discussed a wide range of areas of mutual interest between the two countries including Kenya-UK trade in the post-Brexit era, cooperation in military training and security.

The President was accompanied to the meeting by Cabinet Secretaries Ukur Yatani, Monica Juma and Adan Mohammed as well as Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Amb. Manoah Esipisu.

On trade, Prime Minister Johnson said the UK recognized Kenya as a key partner in Africa.

He pointed out that trade between the two countries has grown over the years but there was still room for expansion, citing the growing demand for Kenyan products such as tea. 

The President and the PM also discussed partnerships between the two countries in green technology investments, an area the UK has made significant milestones.

Prime Minister Johnson said the UK is particularly interested in helping Kenya achieve its objective of attaining 100 percent to green energy sources.

“We are doing well on renewable energy and certainly we would like to partner with you,” PM Johnson told President Kenyatta.

The two leaders also agreed to join forces in the provision of affordable houses in Kenya, one of the key pillars of the Big 4 Agenda. Citing some of the old housing estates constructed in Nairobi’s Eastlands in partnership with the British Government, President Kenyatta said UK’s involvement in the current push to provide affordable housing in Kenya would secure programme’s success.

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