Speaker Muturi Meets his Egyptian Counterpart; Agree to Enhance Collaboration in Trade and Security
Kenya and Egypt have agreed to employ Parliamentary Diplomacy as a tool for fostering partnership towards enhanced trade and collaboration in Security. The move is in consonance with the recent resolution by nations within the continent to pursue enhanced intra African trade ties
This was revealed during a bilateral meeting between the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin Muturi and his counterpart, the visiting Speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives H.E (Dr.) Ali Abdel Aal. Speaking during the meeting, Speaker lauded the delegation for their historic visit, the first by an Egyptian head of Legislature.
Speaker Muturi further noted that Kenya and Egypt have long term partners in the fight against terrorism and extremism and urged for continued collaboration.
"Egypt and ourselves have in the past suffered attacks from terrorists. We do not consider these attacks as religious differences as some people out there would want to argue, but rather as criminal acts. We are grateful for your assistance in combating extremism and we look forward to our continued partnership", Speaker Muturi said.
On trade, Speaker Muturi urged for more trade with Egypt to close the existing trade balance; Egypt is a top importer of Kenyan tea. He further encouraged the Egyptian people to invest in the Country noting that the government was currently exploring development in Four priority areas; healthcare, Manufacturing, Food Security and healthcare, all sectors where Egypt has excelled in.
Responding to this request, the visiting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Ali Abdel Aal observed that Egypt was keen in collaborating with Kenya in the development of healthcare infrastructure as well as in the training for healthcare providers.
“Egypt has immense diversified experience in the development of Medical Schools as we are keen to work with Kenya on the same", he noted.
Both Speakers further acknowledged that time had come for their countries to enhance collaboration in trade. They noted that as leaders of their respective legislatures, they had a duty to influence policy formulation and in ensuring the business environment conducive for the growth of intra African trade. This they agreed will be pursued through Parliamentary Committees’ interactions as well as through the establishment of the Kenya-Egypt Friendship group by the Houses of respective Parliaments.
Speaker Abdel who is in the country on a 3-day official visit on the invitation of Speaker Muturi, also sought for closer ties between the two Parliaments, noting that Egypt had already established a Parliamentary Committee on African Affairs. He added that bilateral relations between the two countries had flourished over the years as had been envisaged by the respective Founding fathers; Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Gamal Abdel Nasser who held close ties. The Egyptian delegation which concludes their visit today, also met the Senate Speaker, the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Lusaka and is set for a meeting the Leader of the Majority Party in the National Assembly, Hon. Aden Duale.