India and Kenya Strengthen Ties Through Key Agreements

During a significant visit by Kenyan President William Samoei Ruto to India, the two countries solidified their longstanding relationship through the signing of five Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and strategic collaborations across various sectors. The Secretary (ER) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Dammu Ravi, provided insights into the outcomes of President Ruto’s visit.

Agriculture and education took center stage, with Kenya expressing its intention to offer agricultural farmland to Indian companies, promoting farming activities in the region. MoUs were also signed between the open universities of both nations, fostering collaboration in education, culture, sports, digital solutions, and digital transformation.

Ravi highlighted Kenya’s interest in learning from India in areas such as fintech, space, UPI, Aadhaar, and the health sector. The economic landscape received a boost with announcements such as an increased line of credit for agriculture modernization in Kenya and a customized training program for Kenyan space scientists by ISRO.

India’s G20 presidency success, securing permanent membership in the African Union, was emphasized, showcasing collaborative efforts and positive outcomes. The historical and robust relationship between India and Kenya was underscored, with ongoing institutional frameworks and development partnerships.

Bilateral trade between India and Kenya, standing at USD 3.3 billion, was highlighted, along with upcoming initiatives to stimulate economic cooperation, such as the India-Kenya Business and Investment Forum. Defence cooperation, particularly in maritime collaboration and hydrography, was emphasized, showcasing the enduring strength of the partnership.

The visit concluded with discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ruto, further deepening the partnership and paving the way for increased Indian investments in Kenya.

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