Kenya and Ukraine have held the second political consultations at the Foreign Ministry in Kyiv. The first one was held in Nairobi in December 2016.
During the consultations, the two sides discussed ways to intensify diplomatic relations in the political, trade, cultural, educational, tourist and humanitarian spheres.
They also audited the draft bilateral agreements under consideration by the respective governments.
“We agreed on areas to further strengthen ties between our two countries, especially in trade and investment. Kyiv-Mombasa tourist flights will also resume,” Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba, who led the Kenyan delegation, said on Tuesday.
Ukraine Foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine and Kenya will be united by long-term connections of friendship and mutual respect.
“Our state is already well-known among Kenyans thanks to quality education. We have all the prerequisites to strive for more: strengthen political dialogue, increase trade volumes, unleash tourist potential,” Minister Kuleba said.
A statement by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the delegations also discussed the interaction between Ukraine and Kenya in international organizations, in particular in the context of Kenya’s presidency of the UN Security Council in October 2021.
“The deputy ministers paid special attention to the increase in trade. They agreed on a visit of a Ukrainian business mission to Kenya in order to establish direct contacts between Ukrainian and Kenyan businesses.
“The business mission will be organized through the Council of Exporters and Investors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. [Deputy Foreign Affairs minister] Dmytro Senik also confirmed Ukraine’s interest in increasing the number of Kenyan students,” the statement added.
On Monday, CAS Ababu was at State Space Agency of Ukraine in Kyiv for one of the meeting as Kenya and Ukraine explore areas of collaboration in peaceful exploration of space for, among other progressive applications, environment, agriculture, communication and weather.
CAS Ababu is in Kyiv on an official visit involving a series of bilateral engagements with government officials in another initiative to boost relations between the two states.
Ukraine has in recent years intensified its relations with African countries, key among them Kenya. This has improved relations in tourism and trade.
In 2020, for instance, the volume of trade in goods and services between Ukraine and Kenya amounted to $92.1 million . The positive balance for Ukraine amounted to $65.1 million.
“In the first half of 2021, the volume of trade in goods and services between the countries amounted to $56.2 million,” the statement added.
According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, in 2020, 132 Kenyans studied in the Free Economic Zone of Ukraine.
Minister Kuleba extended an invitation to his Kenyan counterpart, Raychelle Omamo. to pay a visit to Ukrainecountry as soon as the Covid-19 epidemic situation stabilizes.