PORT LOUIS, Mauritius
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mauritius’ Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth have signed new trade agreements aimed to enhance existing cordial relations between the two countries thereby increasing trade and investment opportunities
Previously, Kenya has signed bilateral trade agreements with South Africa, Mozambique, Eritrea, China, Iran and Kazakhstan, but Mauritius had imposed a ban on Kenyan fresh produce like avocadoes, baby carrots, baby beans and broccoli
Kenyatta who is in Mauritius for a four state visit welcomed the new trade agreement as “a major boost for horticultural farmers in the country especially women who are the majority in the sector.”
Further, the two leader’s bared witness to the signing of
the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA); an Investment Promotion and
Protection Agreement (IPPA); the Special Economic Zones, and agreement that
will lead to the setting up of a conducive frame work towards developing
centres of global competitive production in Kenya and an MOU on Cooperation for
the Development of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Processing Zone in
President Kenyatta said that these agreement will immensely benefit the two nation and also help Kenya achieve its development goals particularly in manufacturing and job creation.
Oh his part, PM Pravind Jugnauth, praised the various agreements
signed between his country and Kenya and said that they are crucial for the
promotion of “greater economic
cooperation and protection of investments,”
He added that he looks forward to starting a new chapter with the East African Nation as it prepares to start exporting its farm produce to Mauritius.
President Kenyatta is the Kenyan leader the first Kenyan
President to visit Mauritius.