Jamaica and the Republic of Kenya have signed four agreements, which will facilitate collaboration in sports, culture, tourism, among other areas.
The signing followed a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister, Andrew Holness and President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday.
The documents signed are: a framework agreement on cooperation; and three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on collaboration in the fields of sport, culture and heritage; political consultations; and cooperation in the area of tourism.
Speaking at a joint press conference following the signing, Holness explained that the framework agreement creates “a structured mechanism for regular dialogue to pursue meaningful and defined cooperation activities in areas such as trade, agriculture, sports, culture education, tourism and health.”
“We are equally confident that with the signing of these MoUs, relations between our two countries will be strengthened and advanced,” he noted.
Holness further added that both leaders agreed that improving trade in goods and services, increasing investments, and facilitating the movement of people “must be central to our strategy” in capitalising on “historically positive relations.”
“We have agreed that we must now optimise the potential of our historical relations to yield concrete benefits in our cooperation efforts,” he added.
In his remarks, President Kenyatta said that the countries share a legacy of strong, cordial bilateral and people- to-people relations that have been developed and strengthened over the years.
He noted that both countries have taken bilateral relations “to another level with the signing of the MoU on political consultations as well as the framework for cooperation.”
“The signing…presents us with an opportunity for collaborating in the areas of sports and culture, especially in athletics where Kenya and Jamaica are global powerhouses,” he said.
President Kenyatta pointed out that since Kenya’s athletes excel in long and middle distance races, and Jamaican athletes excel in the short distance races, “there is definitely room for us to partner here.”
“This cooperation will therefore leverage on the existing comparative advantages to strengthen sports through the development of common training facilities for the benefit of young people of both our countries,” he said.
President Kenyatta will be hosted by the Governor-General at King’s House Tuesday for a State Dinner.
He will then attend the 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in May Pen, Clarendon, at 10:15 a.m., and the Grand Gala at the National Stadium.
Kenyatta and his wife are Jamaica’s special guests for the celebration of the 57th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.
They will depart the island on Wednesday.