Kenya – Mauritius sign trade agreements

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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 Kenya.

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.