What you need to know:
- Dp Rigathi Gachagua says Kenya will partner with India on IT, Defence, Medical & Agriculture.
The Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on 16th January Monday hosted the Speaker of the Lower House of India’s Parliament Mr. OM, Birla Kota and his delegation at Harambee Annex, Nairobi.
Therecdiscussions, the second in command says, centred on deepening ties between the two countries.
In his remarks, Gachagua noted that they discussed on direct investments to Kenya in the medical field, IT, Defence and Agriculture.
“We deliberated on direct investments to Kenya, especially in medical research, agriculture, defence and IT as we seek to grow these sectors to increase job opportunities for our youth, as envisioned in the Kenya Kwanza Plan.” Said Gachagua.
India, he further noted, is a strategic partner to Kenya because of its advancement in technology, medical research, agriculture, and defence, among others.
“India is 2nd largest investor in Kenya with a value of about USD 3.5 Billion.” He added.
“Had a fruitful meeting with Hon. Mr. @rigathi, Deputy President of Republic of Kenya. India & Kenya enjoy close & friendly relations since ancient times. Not only are we maritime neighbours, we share common heritage of anti colonial struggle & common perspective on terrorism.” Mr OM Birla Kota said.
Kota, through his Twitter post, noted that he tressed that multifaceted bilateral relations between India & Kenya are underpinned by regular high-level political consultation, active trade and economic exchanges, development partnership and strong people to people contacts. Urged for closer cooperation at global fora.
Kota, who had earlier had “a pleasant meeting” with Hon. Mr. @HonWetangula, Speaker, National Assembly of Kenya said that India & Kenya share common perspectives on development ssues & both Parliaments play a focal role in shaping welfare policies.
“Strengthening parly. cooperation & trade relations were also discussed.” He said.