India Kenya ink deals on defence cooperation & trade

Raj Kamal Rao
Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta during his ceremonial welcome at State House in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo-PTI

PM Modi is greeted by Kenyan President, Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo-PTI

On the last day of Prime Minister Africa visit India has signed crucial agreements in the field of defence and textile with Kenya. India and Kenya exchanged a total of 7 agreements or MoUs in Presence of PM Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.

Areas of defence cooperation include staff exchanges, expertise sharing, training, support in hydrograph and supply of equipments.

As a part of Govt to Govt cooperation in defence, PM has handed over ambulances to Kenyan Defence Forces

India Kenya hold delegate level talks. Photo-PTI

India Kenya hold delegate level talks. Photo-PTI

These agreements have been finalised in Nairobi, Kenya after Prime Minister Modi held delegation level talks with Kenya President

“We have signed several agreements with India that will revive our textile industry,” said Kenyan President Uhuru on Twitter.

During the delegate level talks India and Kenya have agreed to deepen security partnership in fields of cyber security, combating drugs, narcotics & human trafficking.

India has also extended its support to treat cancer in Kenya and Prime Minister Modi handed over the Indian made Bhabhatron model which is state-of-art nuclear medicine cancer therapy machine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta during a joint press statement at State House in Nairobi,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta during a joint press statement at State House in Nairobi,

During the handing over time Prime Minister said that India’s strength in pharmaceuticals could help to shape affordable & efficient healthcare system.

“Visit by Narendra Modi offers us a chance to renew and deepen our friendship and partnership in a number of fields,” said the Kenyan President Uhuru.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Kenyan President on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in the African continent, particularly in the economic sphere in Nairobi on Monday.

Modi, who arrived in Kenya on Sunday, was accorded ceremonial guard of honour at the State House in Nairobi. He also paid tributes to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya and a towering political figure of Africa.

“Homage to a great son of Africa, a friend of India PM lays wreath at Mausoleum of Jomo Kenyatta, 1st President of Kenya,” said MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swaroop.

Prime Minister began his Africa visit on July 7 from Mozambique, and has already been to South Africa and Tanzania before reaching Kenya. The focus of the African tour is on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food.

Here is the list of agreements signed between India & Kenya in Nairobi on July 11

  • Revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement
  • MoU on Defence Cooperation
  • MoU on National Housing Policy Development & Management
  • A 29.95 Million US Dollars to upgrade of rift valley textile Factory in Kenya
  • Visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders
  • MoU on to exchange technology between Bureaus of Indian Standards & Kenyan Standards
  • MoU to give US $15 million to develop Small and Medium Enterprises