MOMBASA– President Uhuru Kenyatta met the visiting Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in this Inian Ocean port city Friday and discussed with him the deepening of trade and bilateral relations.
Their talks at State House Mombasa also focused on initiatives to promote partnership agreements for the prosperity of the two countries. President Kenyatta was briefed on the successes of Singapore’s government in providing affordable housing, port managemen, and aviation.
Currently, 80 per cent of Singaporeans live in government-built apartments. There are about one million Housing and Development Board (HDB) apartments, largely clustered in new towns that extend around the city’s coastal core.
In port management and aviation, Singapore’s logistics sector has built a world-class infrastructure and processes. The island republic is setting up a blockchain-based supply chain platform to track and trace cargo movements.
Shanmugaratnam, who is also Co-ordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, has been in the country holding meetings with various leaders and stakeholders in government and the private sector. He has held talks with Cabinet Secretaries (Ministers) Henry Rotich, (National Treasury and Planning) Monica Juma, (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and James Macharia (Transport and Infrastructure).
During his visit, he also witnessed the signing of a comprehensive agreement for the avoidance of double taxation.
Monica Juma will be leading a Kenyan delegation to the Africa-Singapore Business Forum to be held in August this year.
Earlier, President Kenyatta received a goodwill message from Sudanese special envoy Dr. Aldirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed, who commended the President’s initiatives on Sudan’s economic empowerment, regional security and bilateral relations. Also present were Deputy President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma and Najib Balala.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK