President Uhuru Kenyatta has left Paris for Berlin, Germany, at the end of a successful state visit that witnessed signing 250 million Euro deals and meetings that ushered in a new era of trade partnership between Kenyan and French companies.
The President, who is on the second leg of his visit to the Schengen countries of France and Germany, will hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angel Merkel in Berlin.
Before his departure, President Kenyatta held interviews with several French media houses where he outlined his visit’s achievements that included promotion of Kenya as a preferred tourist destination for the French market.
“The main aim of our visit was to deepen the already very good relations between Kenya and France. As you know, France is one the major trade and investment partners that Kenya has worldwide,” President Kenyatta said.
He said Kenya’s target is not only to increase the volume but also bridge the balance of trade that is currently heavily in favour of France to create more opportunities for Kenyans.
“We had very fruitful meetings both at the Government level with President Francois Hollande and his ministers, and with the private sector, especially those who import our fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products,” he said.
During the visit to France, President Kenyatta also witnessed the signing of an agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to accelerate digital learning in Kenya.
He also met and engaged the Kenyan diaspora in France and discussed ways of addressing the challenges facing them in the foreign country.
The President was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed, Najib Balala, Henry Rotich and Eugene Wamalwa, and Kenyan private sector stakeholders led by business magnets Chris Kirubi and Kiprono Kittony among others.