Photos:Uhuru Kenyatta leaves for India

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President Uhuru Kenyatta flew out Tuesday for New Delhi, where he will hold talks with Indian government officials before joining fellow Heads of State for the third India-Africa summit.

Uhuru and RutoPresident Kenyatta’s four-day official visit will include meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bolster bilateral relations with the sub-continent. The meeting will be dominated by Kenya’s push for cheaper anti-retroviral drugs.

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“One of the key agenda items for the India-Africa summit is the long-pending Doha agenda, which is a matter of keen interest to Kenya, and also to India. The President wants the meeting to deal effectively with issues relevant to intellectual property rights in addition to leveraging an enhanced and equitable India-Africa partnership,” said Manoah Esipisu, State House Spokesperson.

The Doha Round refers to trade negotiations under the WTO, which is due to hold its next ministerial conference in Nairobi in December.

“The President has also committed to Kenya becoming the third country in Africa, after Botswana and Namibia, to control its HIV epidemic. This requires concerted and smart actions, in particular for safeguarding sustained access to medicines,” Mr Esipisu said.

Kenya, India and other African countries account for three quarters of 34 million persons living with HIV globally.  Some 1.6 million Kenyans are infected with HIV, the fourth highest burden after South Africa, Nigeria and India.

The India-Africa Summit is modeled along the China-Africa Summit and the US-Africa Summit. They are forums that enable African leaders to further enhance relations in the political, economic and socio-cultural spheres, based on the principles of mutual respect, complementarity and promotion of people-to-people relations.

The meeting with Prime Minister Modi is the latest in a series of high-profile engagements President Kenyatta has embraced in his quest to tap new investments and increase bilateral trade with traditional as well as new partners.

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