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President Kenyatta meets EAC Secretary-General, roots for strong ties among African countries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta met with the EAC Secretary-General Dr.Richard Sezibera when he called on him at State House today. He reiterated that the East African Community and Africa will be his principle focus in enhancing trade and investment.

Nairobi:President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated that the East African Community and Africa will be his principle focus in enhancing trade and investment.

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President Kenyatta noted that strong partnership and cooperation between African countries will bolster trade and investment consequently improving the living standards of people.

The President was speaking today at State House Nairobi during a meeting with East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Dr. Richard Sezibera who paid him a courtesy call.

The Head of State singled out infrastructural development as an area that African countries should give priority to in order to facilitate connectivity and boost cross border trade and investment.

In this regard, President Kenyatta encouraged the pooling together of resources by African countries to accomplish cross-border infrastructure development projects.

On regional trade, the President said barriers to trade should be addressed as a matter of priority.

President Kenyatta also advocated for removal of restriction on movement of labour, saying the free movement of people within the region will further facilitate trade and the exchange of ideas.

On his part, the East African Community Secretary General congratulated President Kenyatta on his election victory and commended the Kenyan people for conducting a peaceful election.

Dr. Sezibera also commended the President for his personal commitment and efforts to ensure that Kenya remained peaceful and united.

During the meeting, the EAC Secretary General briefed President Kenyatta on the forthcoming Extra-Ordinary Summit of EAC Heads of State scheduled for April 28.

Earlier, President Kenyatta bade farewell to outgoing Iraqi Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Abdel Mustafa Kamil.

Speaking during the brief ceremony at State House Nairobi, the President said he looked forward to the signing of an education agreement between Kenya and Iraq that will ensure Kenyans acquire the necessary expertise to exploit the country’s recently discovered oil resources.

President Kenyatta said his Government is keen on strengthening relations with other developing countries, saying since the developing countries experience similar challenges they can share best practices in addressing
those challenges.

The President also stressed the need for unity among Africa and other developing countries, saying it will give them a greater voice at the international arena.

The Head of State thanked Dr. Kamil for boosting bilateral relations between Kenya and Iraq during his tour of duty in the country and wished the outgoing envoy success in his new assignment.

The Iraqi ambassador said his country has a lot of experience in oil engineering and since oil has been discovered in Kenya, the signing of an education agreement will provide a suitable framework for Kenyans to tap into the Iraqi expertise in oil exploitation.

Present were Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Mr. Francis Kimemia and Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi.

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