India Plans to Expand Its Investment and Trade Relationships With Kenya

According to India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, collaboration between India and Kenya is expanding across sectors such as trade, economy, education, health, and people-to-people interaction. As non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, the two countries also work together closely. India has prioritised cooperation with African states, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to all G20 members requesting that the African Union be granted access to the G20. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India-Kenya collaboration across sectors such as trade, economy, education, health, and people-to-people interaction has increased from strength to strength.

According to the Defence Minister, India has prioritised engagement with African states. India additionally reiterated its support for Kenya's appointment as Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in July 2023. Meanwhile, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Defence congratulated India on the successfully soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 near the lunar south pole. The cordial links that have existed between India and Kenya since before independence, as well as the large Indian-Kenyan population that lives in our country. 

The visit by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to our country in 2017 was historic. This is Cabinet Secretary Duale's first visit to India and Kenya's highest-level stand-alone political visit since the new government took office in September 2022. The visit illustrates the importance India places on its relationships with African countries, particularly the expanding cooperation between India and Kenya. It is anticipated to pave the way for the two countries to enhance their defence cooperation even further. India and Kenya are maritime neighbours with strong and multifaceted partnerships that include high-level visits on a regular basis, higher trade and investment, and significant people-to-people contacts.

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