NAIROBI, April 12 (NNN-KBC) — Kenya and Qatar have signed bilateral co-operation agreements on tourism, education and culture as part of activities marking the Emir of Qatar’s State Visit to this country.

The agreements were signed here Tuesday after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, held talks at State House Nairobi, where the Kenyan government also presented proposals for new opportunities for investment to their Qatari counterparts.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tourism co-operation between Kenya and Qatar provides for the creation of conditions for long-term collaboration in tourism through exchanges of expertise, statistics, marketing and promotion.

The agreement on education, higher education, scientific research and technology provides a general framework for co-operation in basic education, higher education and science and technology through exchanges of information, expertise and visits.

The two countries also signed an agreement for co-operation in the understanding and promotion of each other’s cultural arts and matters, through exchanges and participation in each other’s cultural activities such as festivals, symposia and exhibitions.

President Kenyatta hailed the visit by the Emir as testimony of the cordial relations between Kenya and the Persian Gulf nation. He said the signed agreements would facilitate implementation of projects in various sectors of the economy and other proposals which would be presented to the Qatari leader during his visit.

Kenya will therefore appreciate your country’s support for development projects in infrastructure, education, energy, tourism and hospitality sectors among others, said the President during the bilateral meeting.

He encouraged Qatar to continue using Kenya as a springboard for its investments in the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) sub-region. The President said Kenya had the right mix of being a regional business, financial, transport and industrial hub.

President Kenyatta also thanked the government of Qatar for the support it gave to the National Treasury of Kenya to establish the Nairobi International Finance Centre (NIFC). The financial services sector is one of the key drivers of Kenya’s economy and therefore the Financial Centre will be a catalyst to international financial transactions both in Kenya and in the region once it is complete, said President Kenyatta.

The Emir said it was unfortunate that Kenya and Qatar had in the past failed to exploit the historical ties between the two regions for the economic benefit of their people but was confident that his visit to Kenya would go a long way towards strengthening mechanisms to exploit the new opportunities created after President Kenyatta’s State Visit to Qatar in 2014.

He also lauded Kenya for its efforts in fighting terrorism, saying that this is a global problem which requires the world to come together to provide a global solution.

He also assured President Kenyatta that Qatar remains committed to supporting Kenya in the establishment of the international financial centre to turn Nairobi into a global financial hub. — NNN-KBC

Source: NAM News Network