KENYA – The government of Kenya has entered a bilateral agreement with Poland on agricultural corporation to bridge the gap in the demand for wheat and grain products in Kenya.
President William Ruto and Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is in Kenya for a two-day State Visit, witnessed signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cement the agreement in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Ruto said that the two nations are keen on strengthening their partnership in trade and economic affairs, agriculture and food security, and environment and climate action.
The two leaders agreed to scale up collaboration in the agriculture and food security sector besides leveraging sustainable water management to enhance the production of key staples.
“Poland is a valued partner of Kenya with common values and shared aspirations guiding our present and future relationship,” Ruto said.
The head of state reiterated that the MOUs will cement the aspirations to promote bilateral partnerships between the two nations in their respective sectors and open up new avenues for collaborations.
Citing Kenya’s strategic location in Africa, Ruto urged his Polish counterpart to consider Mombasa and Lamu ports as viable logistical hubs for exporting agricultural products like cereals to other parts of the continent.
Ruto said that Kenya was ready to partner with Poland through a public-private model to exploit the full potential of the agricultural sector especially in post-harvest value addition.
On his part, President Duda said Poland is keen on fostering strong economic relations with Kenya.
“This is not a courtesy visit. Instead, it is a visit which brings with its huge economic potential for the future,” he said.
Ruto called on Polish investors to exploit investment opportunities in the country.
He appealed to them to leverage on Kenya’s strategic geographical advantage for their regional and continental investments.
“As a technology powerhouse, Kenya offers unrivalled opportunities,” he said.
The two leaders also witnessed the signing of two other Memoranda of Understanding on tax solidarity and rural development.
Kenya and Poland will also explore the possibility of developing a labor mobility framework, expanding job opportunities for trained youth, Ruto said, adding that the two nations agreed to cooperate in biodiversity protection and advancing the sustainability agenda.