meeting of India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from
August 22 to 25. The meeting was co-chaired by Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu
and Mr. Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Industry, Trade and
Cooperatives, Government of Kenya.
during the meetings covered India’s contribution in implementation of Kenya’s
Big Four Agenda – food security, affordable housing, universal healthcare and
manufacturing, expansion and diversification of bilateral trade.
to join the International Solar Alliance, implementation of Lines of Credit, of
over US$ 220 million, extended by India in power transmission was also taken up
at the meeting. Other issues discussed include, SMEs development, revival of
the Rivatex factory and agricultural mechanization, implementation of decisions
taken during the high level exchanges, cooperation in health, blue economy,
agro-processing sectors and WTO related issues; and training & capacity
building programs offered by India.
An Agreed Minutes
of the Meeting was signed by both Ministers. A meeting of India-Kenya Joint
Business Council was held on the side-lines of the Joint Trade Committee
meeting. In his address to the Kenyan and Indian business leaders, Suresh
Prabhu emphasized on research and design in products specific to Kenyan needs
and urged Indian businesses to carry out a market study to identify priority
areas for bilateral cooperation.
Minister also interacted with the members of the Indian diaspora and apprised
them about the various developmental initiatives and achievements of the
Government of India.
During the visit,
Suresh Prabhu, called on the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Deputy
President, Mr. William Ruto. The Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu, was
accompanied by senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and
a business delegation.
India and Kenya are
Indian Ocean neighbours and share longstanding trade and people-to-people
contacts. At present, India is one of Kenya's largest trade partners and the
second largest foreign investor in Kenya. Indians are the third-largest group
of tourists to visit Kenya. The last meeting of Joint Trade Committee was held
in New Delhi in February 2015.