Mudavadi calls for deeper bilateral trade with Finland
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has welcomed Finnish investors to take advantage of Kenya’s geo-economic position saying the country is truly the gateway to the East African region.
Speaking when he met the Finnish delegation led by Minister for Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä in a discussion focusing on the need to expand bilateral and multilateral ties in Trade and Commerce Mudavi called for scale up collaborations and co-operations between the two countries for the benefit of the citizens.
“Kenya is indeed the gateway to the EA region and your (Finland) investors should take advantage of this reality. Lamu Port is our strength and Finland being a maritime country can tap into the economic opportunities that the port holds” said Mudavadi.
He added, “The Climate Change Crisis is getting worse and as a Country we are facing the worst drought ever in our recent history. We appreciate any intervention from Finland including construction of dams.
The Prime CS said that Kenya has a lot to learn from Finland especially on forest cover; an area that can help deal with the effects of climate change in the country.
He further lauded efforts by Finland to maintain forest cover that surpasses agreed international target.
Kenya having strategically and systematically rolled out a plan to plant and grow 15 billion trees in the next 10 years
“We will be looking to borrow from Finland's experience on how to handle its effects especially on forest cover and technology” said the Prime Cabinet Secretary.
Kenya-Finland bilateral relationships date back to the 1960s and the meeting today has put emphasis on need to further expand this collaboration in different areas of our socio-economic stage