[30th August 2016]


Joint Press Conference By H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after Fruitful Bilateral Discussions, at State House Nairobi, on 29th August, 2016

On 29th August, 2016, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held bilateral discussions on deepening partnership and cooperation between Kenya and Japan. The meeting was held at State House, Nairobi after the successful conclusion of the TICAD VI Summit that had closed with the adoption of the Nairobi Declaration earlier in the day.

The two leaders focused on harnessing the enduring cordial bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of the two friendly countries. They agreed on strengthening people to People interactions and Trade &Investments engagements.

Specific areas of discussion included: the implementation of infrastructure programmes; Health resilience; Social inclusivity, and, skills & technology transfer. In the same breath, Japan pledged a grant contribution of Ksh. 10 Billion for economic and social development.

The two leaders pledged continued cooperation in energy development especially in the geothermal sector where Japan has already heavily invested. Another area of focus is continued modernization of the Port of Mombasa and development of the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone(SEZ).

The two leaders witnessed the signing of a Bilateral Investment Treaty, on promotion and protection of investments between Japan and Kenya. The conclusion of the treaty is envisaged to spur trade and investment exchanges between the two countries, while promoting value added exports from Kenya to Japan.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lead their respective delegations for bilateral discussions at State House

L-President Uhuru Kenyatta receives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at State House; R-President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Abe hold bilateral talks ahead of the bilateral discussions.

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