Nairobi, Kenya – (African Boulevard News) – Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in Nairobi on Monday to start his four-day official visit in Kenya. During his visit, PM Kishida met President William Ruto to discuss bilateral issues affecting both countries.
One of the main issues discussed during the meeting was the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The two leaders condemned the violence and agreed on the need for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. President Ruto commended Japan for its support towards achieving stability in Africa and urged PM Kishida to continue working with the Kenyan government.
The two leaders also discussed the ongoing crisis in Sudan, where a political impasse has led to widespread violence and civilian deaths. PM Kishida reiterated Japan’s commitment to working with Kenya to address the crisis and to support the country in achieving stability and prosperity.
In addition to political matters, PM Kishida and President Ruto discussed trade relations between Kenya and Japan. The two leaders agreed to strengthen economic ties to develop mutually beneficial economic partnerships. This move will help boost trade between the two countries, which currently stands at roughly USD 200 million annually.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, PM Kishida emphasized the need for Japan to increase its presence in Africa to help the continent achieve sustainable development. He also expressed his appreciation for Kenya’s leadership in the African Union, highlighting the country’s role in pushing for peace and regional integration.
“Kenya plays a pivotal role in promoting regional peace and stability,” said PM Kishida. “Japan is committed to supporting Kenya’s efforts towards achieving economic development, and we look forward to seeing Kenya become a prominent player in the African economy.”
President Ruto, on his part, thanked Japan for its support and commitment to Kenya’s development. He urged Japan to continue investing in Kenya’s infrastructure, particularly in the areas of energy, transportation, and ICT. He also highlighted the investment opportunities in agriculture and manufacturing, noting that the two sectors have the potential to create jobs and boost economic growth.
In conclusion, the meeting between PM Kishida and President Ruto highlights the growing relationship between Kenya and Japan. With both countries committed to strengthening economic and political ties, it is a promising future for the two nations.