President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Kinshasa for a three day tour.
Speaking in Kinshasa, Ambassador DR. George Masafu said that President Uhuru arrived in DRC on Tuesday evening and was received by his host President Felix Tshisekedi.
Ambassador Masafu said that besides having bilateral talks with President Tshisekedi, Uhuru will hold several meetings with business people and he will also preside over the inauguration of Equity Bank offices in Kinshasa
Present also were Kenya’s Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) and Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs).
Amb Masafu said the state visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between Kenya and the DRC through enhanced trade and people-to-people interactions.
“DRC is such a large market for everything and it will depend on the interest of the companies you can see Equity bank has come to provide banking services, Kenya Airways is here to provide services on flight there are people who want to put up restaurants it is a vast environment for them there are those who want to do construction, roads so it will depend on specialty. When you check on Agriculture most of the foods in Kinshasa is imported from overseas therefore there is an opportunity for Kenya to participate in food security in this country to make sure that they can feed the DRC and export some back to Kenya,” said Amb Masafu
“So the coming of the President to this country is to strengthen that relationship especially on the business side that is the most important part, two is to strengthen the relationship between Kenya and the DRC, and to strengthen this relationship through diplomatic relations, trade relations, security relations and through other areas that build both sides is a win- win situation,” he added
“For many years, trade between Kenya and DRC has been insignificant. The reason being that the DRC was at war. It was not safe to do business here. Since 2014, we have made an entry into this country we are looking at export of our coffee, milk and tea, but the services also, when look at Equity bank it is not the largest bank in DRC and that is a Kenyan bank, that is a Kenyan face in DRC,” he said