Uhuru to host Estonia President for bilateral talks

President Kersti Kaljulaid speaks at an event to promote Estonia’s campaign for Arctic Council observer status/ OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Thursday host Estonia President Kersti Kaljulaid, as relations between the two states continue to thrive.

A source aware of the visit told The Brief that President Kaljulaid will be accompanied by a huge trade and business delegation during the visit.

Estonia, a country in Northern Europe that borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, has developed from one of the poorest in Europe in the 1990s into the most digitised.

The country is known to have the highest number of startups per capita in Europe.

The relations between the two states have been fast growing and Estonia is planning to open an embassy in Nairobi next year.

It will be the second Estonian embassy in Africa after Egypt.

Estonia seeks ICT collaboration with Kenya ahead of opening embassy in 2022

In June this year, Estonia’s Foreign Affairs ministry’s Director General in the Political Department Lembit Uibo was in Kenya, where he met Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau. They discussed bilateral cooperation and collaboration in ICT among other issues.

The meeting followed the approval by the Kenyan Cabinet of the deal between Estonia and Kenya on ICT, one of the key areas it shares its knowledge and experience globally in development cooperation and business diplomacy.

Estonia’s outreach has also been to the region as President Kaljulaid also visited Kigali, Rwanda in November 2017, arriving from Ethiopia, where she met with the country’s leaders and African Union officials.

She held talks with President Paul Kagame on collaboration on digital field.

She was back to Ethiopia in February 2019 for a state visit.

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