President William Ruto had some important meetings on Monday with diplomats from different countries.
The President and the King plan to discuss several important topics, such as climate action, biodiversity, sustainable urban development, youth, technology, innovation, and women’s empowerment.
They will also talk about some major projects, like the Grand High Falls Dam, Menengai Geothermal project, and Malindi Solar Expansion project, among others. There’s also a plan to recruit Kenyan nurses to the United Kingdom and increase trade between the two countries.
President Ruto met with the Japanese ambassador, Ken Okaniwa, who brought a message from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
They discussed their long history of friendship and cooperation, as Kenya and Japan have been diplomatic partners for 60 years.
The President expressed his gratitude for Japan’s support in various infrastructure projects and welcomed Japanese companies investing in Kenya.
“We appreciate your support in the development of a high-tech laboratory at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Southern by-pass in Mombasa, and an intelligent transport system in Mombasa County,” he said.
The Head of State said Kenya has created a conducive business environment that has attracted 104 Japanese companies to the country.
Later, President Ruto talked with Austrian Federal Minister for Labour and Economy, Dr. Martin Kocher, and a group of Austrian business leaders.
They explored ways to increase trade, expand markets for Kenyan agricultural products, and discuss labor migration.
Kenya is interested in learning from Austria’s healthcare system and urged Austrian businesses to consider investment opportunities in various sectors.
The President also met with Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Their discussions revolved around untapped trade and investment opportunities, strengthening collaboration in agriculture, renewable energy, and climate action, and working together to maintain regional peace and security for economic growth.