Samia set for Nairobi on two-day state visit

03May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Samia set for Nairobi on two-day state visit

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan is starting a two-day state visit to Kenya tomorrow meant to cement ties between the two East African countries, following an invitation from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan

Gerson Msigwa, the director of presidential communications, said in a statement yesterday that the two leaders will hold talks and participate in other high-profile engagements.

She will address the National Assembly and the next day she will attend a joint business forum with members from the two countries’ business community leaders, he said.

President Samia and President Kenyatta are expected to explore ways to further improve business relations between the two countries, particularly as Kenya is among leading investing countries in Tanzania.

A bright moment during the tour shall be the president’s appearance at the Tanzania-Kenya business community forum in Nairobi, specially organised for the visit, where non-tariff barriers and facilitating investments are likely to feature high in the exchanges.

Addressing the Parliament last week, President Samia said that her administration will pursue economic diplomacy with partners in the region and across the world, signaling intent to repair relations with the outside world.

The president has in recent weeks emphasised renewed efforts in economic diplomacy, urging better ties within the East African Community, the Southern Africa Development Community and facilitating accession to the recently operative Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

This approach is pegged to a smoother domestic programme to attract investors, while sustaining the country’s wider engagements with United Nations agencies and several major bilateral relations.

“Our diplomats have to be competent in striking deals in investment and trade promotion as well as seek strategic partners in tourism,” she had directed when swearing in permanent secretaries and top executives of key state agencies.

This will be the president’s first full blown state visit, following a short visit to Uganda early last month for the signing of the multi-billion dollar oil pipeline construction project with French oil giant Total and CNOOC, a state owned Chinese oil conglomerate.

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