President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella [photo: Twitter/State House Kenya]
Nov, 9th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has paid a courtesy call to Italy head of state, Sergio mattarella in Rome, Italy. The president was received by his host and given an official state reception that included a guard of honor.
According to Jackline Yonga, Kenya’s Ambassador to Italy, the meeting is aimed at boosting Kenya’s and Italy’s confidence in their business communities. Italian investors are keen to continue growing their investments in Kenya.
Among other agendas of the meeting, the two leaders discussed several matters of interest to both the countries top matters being trade and investment, tourism and the global fight against COVID-19. Amb Yonga said, “With the visit , we expect that it will give the confidence to both our peoples, Kenyans and Italians, especially the business community.“
On the fight against Covid-19, Amb Yonga says that Italy has lessons to offer Kenya, having successfully slowed down the spread from its peak in April and May this year. The Kenyan diplomat said, “You can remember that Italy was the epicenter was Covid begun in March and they’ve managed to overturn that now to be the showcase of the best case study in the way they’ve managed Covid. So Kenya stands to benefit a lot from lessons learnt from their Covid situation.”
Italian investors have shown great interest in coffee and agribusiness, they are part of developments in Konza City and have set up base as well as health sector construction in Malindi.
The Kenyan envoy, in 2019, noted that Kenya exported goods worth sh3.4 billion to the European nation which was a decline from figures of 2018 which was sh3.9 billion. It also noted that Italy is one of Kenya’s European trading partners and ranks among the top export destinations for leather, fish, coffee and horticultural produce.
Italy is one of the most affected countries in the World having recorded over 40,000 deaths. The country, just like Kenya is fighting a second wave of infections.