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Kenya and Hungary agree to bolster cooperation in health, education and investment

Hungary Ambassador Zsolt Mészáros and his team during the inaugural session of the Hungarian-Kenyan Joint Economic and Technical Committee / FACEBOOK

Kenya and Hungary have agreed to bolster cooperation in health, education, investment among other areas

This emerged during inaugural session of the Hungarian-Kenyan Joint Economic and Technical Committee held this week between Hungarian and Kenyan experts.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Macharia Kamau and Hungary’s Minister of State for Security Policy Péter Sztáray co-chaired the Joint Economic Technical Committee.

According to the Hungarian Embassy in Kenya, the experts were drawn from the fields of trade and investment, health, international development cooperation, tied aid projects and humanitarian assistance, and agriculture, water and irrigation

Other fields are higher education, Foreign Service Academy, culture and heritage, and youth and sports

The co-chairs on Wednesday signed the agreed minutes of the meetings.

“We would like to thank His Excellencies and the experts from both sides for their exceptional work during these two days,” Ambassador Zsolt Mészáros said in a Facebook post.

Hungary and Slovenia have implemented a Sh21 million healthcare assistance project in Kenya. The initiative seeks to enhance Kenya’s health capacity through equipment, particularly at a time the world is battling Covid-19 pandemic.

The Kenyatta National Hospital, the National Spinal Injury Referral Hospital and the Kericho County Referral Hospital are among the beneficiaries.

In May 2017, Hungary and Kenya signed an economic cooperation agreement in Budapest.

It is during this trip by then Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed that the two countries agreed to form a joint economic committee to coordinate cooperation.

They also agreed on the launching of a $50 million tied aid programme, within the framework of which Hungarian companies will be constructing an obstetrics hospital and an oncology hospital in Kenya.

Additionally, Hungarian enterprises will have the opportunity to import irrigation and slaughterhouse technologies.

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