Kenya and Estonia on Thursday signed a bilateral framework of cooperation on political consultations, health and environment.
This followed bilateral talks between Kenyan and Estonia delegations led by presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Kersti Kaljulaid.
” The two Heads of States noted with satisfaction the existing bilateral cooperation in various sectors particularly ICT and innovation in which Estonia is widely acclaimed as a global pace setter. His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta thanked Her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid for bringing with her a high level business delegation to participate in Kenya-Estonia Business Forum with a focus on e-services,” the joint communique said on Thursday.
President Kaljulaid is the first Estonian Head of State to visit Africa.
On international peace and security, the two leaders reiterated their commitment to work closely as UNSC non-permanent members to contribute to international peace and security, respect for democracy and human rights, gender equality and women empowerment.
“The two Heads of State emphasized the urgent need to address climate change and its impacts on the environment and the need to increase global efforts in this regard,” the communique said.
Additionally, they acknowledged multilateralism as the most appropriate path for economic and social recovery in times of the pandemic and welcomed the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the EAC. They committed themselves to work towards its successful implementation.
The two presidents also agreed on the need for universal access to vaccines against Covid-19 and urged the international community to increase the sharing of jabs to ensure vaccination for all.
Earlier, Estonia Foreign Affairs minister Eva-Maria Liimets held bilateral talks with her Kenyan counterpart Raychelle Omamo.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two ministers discussed areas of cooperation in the field of information technology and investment.
Minister Liimets is accompanying President Kaljulaid for an official visit in Kenya.
CS Omamo and Defence Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma received President Kaljulaid at the JKIA on Thursday morning.
The visiting leader is also scheduled for meetings with Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa and Bolt’s boss in Kenya Olaoluwa Akinnusi, and the European Union delegation.