State House today announced that Ethiopia prime minister will be in the country on a two day state visit.
Addressing the media,State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said that Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali will arrive later today in the country for a two day state visit to bolster the already strong relations between Kenya and Ethiopia.
“It is the Prime Minister’s first foreign trip since he took office in April of this year, and we feel deeply honoured that he chose Kenya for this.”Manoah Esipisu said.
In his speech Mr Manoah pointed out on how Kenya and Ethiopia have been on the forefront in the fight for security and peace in the region and how the two have committed time and resources in the fight against terrorism.
“So, as you can imagine, bilateral and regional issues will dominate the discussions between President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Abiy.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Abiy will discuss matters of particular interest of boosting economic partnership and boost participation in trade and investment in our private sector.The two leaders will therefore discuss on how their special agreement is progressing and also find ways of accelerating it.
Monah Esipisu also added that “Areas of attention will include seeking special consideration for Kenyan investors who want to participate in Ethiopia’s financial sector; collaboration in promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)’ energy, and especially in relation to ongoing construction of power transmission lines to Suswa, and finding a solution to frequent power disruptions in Moyale and Sololo; and investments in the LAPSSET corridor – our region’s most ambitious infrastructure.”
Also to visit
Kenya will also welcome Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh on May 9th and 10th for his second state visit.The visit will be to bolster bilateral relations between Kenya and Djibouti.
“The focus areas of discussion between the two leaders will be cooperation in trade, livestock management, vocational training, promotion and protection of investment and exemption of visa for holders of diplomatic and service passports.”Monaoh Espisu said.
Other areas of discussion will be partnership in the tourism sector,geothermal energy,expansion of bilateral trade and expansion of Kenya Airways passenger flights to Djibouti as well as introduction of cargo flight of assorted items such as tea and coffee.