Kenya set to strengthen relations with Israel

By Ruth Mutegi

Kenya is hoping to further strengthen her relations with Israel especially in matters trade, agriculture and infrastructure as President Uhuru Kenyatta holds various meetings in Israel with among others Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kenyan Ambassador to Israel Gen. Augostino Njoroge says Israel has made tremendous strides in the use of technology in various sectors where Kenya can learn from to improve service delivery.

The relationship between Kenya and Israel began several years ago and Kenya is keen on strengthening those relations with an ally the Kenyan Ambassador to Israel General. Augostino Njoroge says can help Kenya advance her use of technology.

Among top collaborations between Israel and Kenya is the Galana Irrigation Scheme Project which is being managed by the National Irrigation Board and implemented by Green Arava, an Israeli Export produce company.

Israel has managed to sustain irrigation in a land considered a desert through technology which Kenya is keen on borrowing. Kenya has also been on the receiving end as far as terror attacks are concerned.

President Kenyatta who arrived in Israel Monday for a three day state visit, is expected to meet with Israeli security agencies where Kenya hopes to collaborate with Israel to enhance her security.

The Ambassador reckons there is light at the end of the tunnel for Kenya for direct flights to Israel which had been delayed to give way to clearance of security concerns as well as to allow Kenya Airways to put its house in order.

Direct flights are expected to improve trade between the two countries which is currently in favor of Israel. The last time a sitting president visited Israel was in 1994.


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