President William Ruto is set to embark on a diplomatic visit to India on Monday, engaging in bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In an official statement released by State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed on the same day, it was revealed that the talks aim to enhance collaboration in key sectors and will culminate in the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs).
The focal points of these discussions will span across diverse areas such as agriculture, trade, promotion of investments, healthcare with a specific emphasis on pharmaceutical production and capacity building. Additionally, the agenda includes cooperation in education, information and communication technology (ICT), maritime affairs, and the development of renewable energy initiatives.
In addition to his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ruto is anticipated to hold discussions with India’s President Droupadi Murmu during his upcoming visit to India. According to Spokesperson Mohamed, Ruto is also scheduled to address a trade and investment forum, shedding light on the economic cooperation potential between India and Kenya.
Spokesperson Mohamed stated, “The State Visit marks a significant milestone in the relationship between Kenya and India, providing a platform for collaborative initiatives and contributing to mutual benefits for the two nations and peoples.”
This visit follows President Ruto’s recent trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where he participated in the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28). During this event, Ruto, representing African heads of state, took the lead at the Africa Green Industrialization Initiative, aimed at accelerating and expanding green industries and businesses throughout the continent.
As a result of his involvement, Kenya secured deals worth 4.5 billion US dollars (equivalent to Ksh. 680 billion) to support green industrialization efforts in the country. Notably, Ksh. 225 billion is earmarked for financing green fertilizer projects, Ksh. 90 billion for establishing a data center in collaboration with KenGen and Konza City, and Ksh. 150 billion for a 300-megawatt geothermal project at Suswa.
Ongoing investments are poised to expedite the implementation of these projects, marking a significant step toward realizing sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives in Kenya.