WINDHOEK — Kenya is keen to deepen bilateral ties with Namibia as the two countries are both driven by the ideology of pan-Africanism, says the East African nation’s visiting Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma.
She told the media after making a courtesy call on Namibian President Hge Geingob at State House here Wednesday that relations between the two countries are historical and there are opportunities to expand ties for the benefit of the people of the two countries.
“We have just agreed to host a joint commission meeting in Kenya in due course to further explore how we can strengthen our relationship,” said Juma, who handed over a letter from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to President Geingob.
She said the Namibia-Kenya relationship were currently focused mostly on the health and education sectors, but there was interest in expanding it to the fisheries and agriculture sectors.
Juma also said Kenya fully supports the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), adding that small countries would greatly benefit from it as they would be able to access goods and services from the most competitive point on the continent without inhibitions.
“It is important for Africa to become self-sustaining in order to drive free trade, hence the deepening of relationships is important for regional integration,” she added.
The AfCFTA is a trade agreement which has been signed by 44 African Union member states and is aimed at creating a single market followed by free movements and a single currency union. It covers five priority sectors — transportation, communication, finance, tourism and business.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK