President Kenyatta and Swiss counterpart hold bilateral talks

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NAIROBI, Kenya

The Swiss Confederation  President , Alain Berset will  this morning be formally received by President  Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with President Alain Berset during a press conference at State House, Nairobi

After his arrival , the two Heads of State will join their respective delegations for bilateral talks focused on a wide array of issues aimed at deepening existing partnerships between the two nations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Alain Berset witness the signing of a framework for return of assests from corruption and crime by Atorney General Paul Kihara and Swiss Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Ralf Heckner at State House, Nairobi

Kenya and Switzerland have enjoyed good relations for the last five decades since the European nation became the first country to recognize Kenya as an independent state in 1963.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Alain Berset of the Swiss Confederation lead their respective delegations in Bilateral talks at State House, Nairobi

The two countries have over the years partnered in areas of trade, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, the development of democratic ideals, peace, and humanitarian interventions.

In recent years, Swiss companies especially those in the pharmaceutical sector have shown increased interest in the Kenyan market.

President Uhuru Kenyatta receives President Alain Berset of the Swiss Confederation at State House, Nairobi

The visit by the Swiss President is further intended to identify other areas of co-operation particularly on President Kenyatta’s Big 4 agenda.

Other areas expected to be highlighted include initiatives by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) in supporting the strengthening of water and livestock sectors in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) parts of Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with President Alain Berset at State House, Nairobi

The plight of the Kakuma Refugee Camp, where the Swiss Head of State is scheduled to visit today is also expected to be on the agenda. The SDC has been providing refugees at the camp with livelihood skills under the Swiss Skills for Life pilot project.

After the bilateral talks and luncheon hosted by President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, the visiting Head of State is scheduled to tour Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) where he is expected to meet with senior Kenya Government officials.

Afterwards, the Swiss President is scheduled to proceed to the Supreme Court to meet Chief Justice Deavid Maraga and other senior officials of the Judiciary.

The Swiss President is expected to tour Kakuma Refugee Camp and the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement Scheme in Turkana County before returning to Nairobi on his way home.

The Swiss leader arrived in Kenya on Sunday for a two day official visit.

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