President Uhuru Kenyatta has encouraged Kenyan and Jamaican investors to come together and take advantage of the opportunities both countries offer for further economic integration. The President was speaking in Jamaica, where he is on a state tour, which kicked off on Monday. He is being hosted by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. President Kenyatta said the two countries have signed different deals, with a new focus on cooperation on air transport, “We would like to see flights from the East coast to the West coast of Africa and directly to Jamaica and through Jamaica to the rest of the Carribean,” he said.
The two leaders have also agreed to deepen bilateral relations and people to people ties and witnessed the signing of MoUs on technical cooperation in tourism, sports, culture and heritage. President Kenyatta said when it comes to athletics, Jamaica and Kenya are global powerhouses and a partnership can be beneficial, “Kenyan athletes excel in long and medium distance races while Jamaican athletes excel in short distance races, there is definitely room for us to partner here.” The leaders also called for increased cooperation in the Blue Economy sector, saying it holds tremendous potential for job creation and wealth. President Kenyatta was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma, Sports CS Amina Mohamed and Tourism CS Najib Balala.