Tomorrow, Saturday 18th February, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta will host yet another high profile guest in less than one week. As you all know, President Kenyatta hosted President of Slovakia, His Excellency Andrej Kiska on Monday. Tomorrow, President Kenyatta will welcome His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt who will make the first State Visit to this country by a sitting Egyptian Head of State.
President El-Sisi will be received by President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, where the two leaders will lead their delegations in bilateral talks aimed at bolstering cooperation between Kenya and Egypt.
The total volume of trade between Kenya and Egypt stood at about Ksh 45 billion (Approximately $450 million) in 2015 while the highest value was approximately Ksh 59 billion (Approximately $597 million) in 2012, according to official statistics.
Kenya’s total exports to Egypt were valued at approximately Ksh 20 billion with a negative trade balance of Ksh 5.6 billion in 2015. These exports comprise a limited number of products dominated by tea at 96 per cent of the total exports to Egypt. Egypt is the second largest importer of Kenyan tea. However, there has been a decline in tea exports over the last few years.
Joint Commission for Cooperation
Kenya and Egypt have a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) aimed at promoting bilateral cooperation. Since its establishment, six (6) sessions have been held, alternating between Nairobi and Cairo. The 6th Session was held in Nairobi in January 2015 during which five Agreements/MoUs were signed. The Seventh Session is expected to be held in Egypt later this year.
Within the framework of the JCC, Kenyans continue to receive specialized training in the fields of medicine, agriculture, security and diplomacy in various Egyptian institutions.
Manoah Esipisu, MBS
Secretary of Communication & State House Spokesperson
17th February 2017