President Kenyatta seeks Israeli investors, pushes for stronger ties

Wednesday February 24 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of bilateral talks in Jerusalem.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of bilateral talks in Jerusalem. PHOTO | PSCU 

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JERUSALEM

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening urged Israelis to invest more in Kenya, saying the country was one of the easiest places to do business.

The President said the Kenyan government had adopted deliberate measures to attract investors.

He spoke at a state dinner hosted in his honour by Israel President Reuven Rivlin and First Lady Nechama Rivlin at the Israel president’s official residence.

“I call upon Israel businessmen and women to head to Kenya and take advantage of the conducive investment climate prevailing,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta said Kenya had a “bright vision” and the economy was growing rapidly.

“Indeed, Kenya is today a country in transformation that strives to be a land of new opportunities and is open to partnership, trade and investments,” he said at the dinner attended by Israeli government officials and leading business leaders. 

SIMILAR CHALLENGES

President Kenyatta said Kenya and Israel faced similar challenges, with both countries in volatile neighbourhoods.

“Kenya and Israel have learned much, and have much to share in these experiences. In this regard, we look forward to forging even stronger relations and cooperation in ensuring safety and security of our peoples,” said President Kenyatta.

The Israeli president spoke about his country’s valued relationship with Kenya and called for stronger bilateral relations.

President Rivlin praised Kenya’s role in regional stability. He also commended Kenya for being a trailblazer in green energy production.

President Kenyatta will on Wednesday morning visit a kibbutz (a collective community based on agriculture) where a group of Kenyan students are learning dry land farming technologies.