by David Musyoka
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan and Qatari
governments on Tuesday signed agreements of cooperation on
tourism, education and culture as part of efforts to enhance
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and
visiting His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
held bilateral talks in Nairobi where Nairobi also presented
proposals on new opportunities for investment to their Qatari
"Kenya will therefore appreciate your country’s support for
development projects in infrastructure, education, energy,
tourism and hospitality sectors among others," Kenyatta said
during the bilateral meeting.
The Memorandum of Understanding on tourism cooperation
provides for the creation of conditions for long-term
collaboration in tourism through exchange of expertise,
statistics, marketing and promotion.
The agreement on education, higher education, scientific
research and technology provides a general framework for
cooperation in these fields through exchanges of information,
expertise and visits.
The two countries also signed an agreement that promotes each
other’s cultural arts and matters, through exchanges and
participation in each other’s cultural activities such as
festivals, symposia and exhibitions.
During the meeting, Kenyatta said the signed agreements will
facilitate implementation of projects in various sectors of the
economy and other proposals that would be presented to the
Qatari leader during his visit.
He encouraged Qatar to continue using Kenya as a springboard
for its investments in the COMESA market region. The president
said Kenya has the right mix of being a regional business,
financial, transport and industrial hub.
Kenyatta lauded the government of Qatar for the support it
gave to the National Treasury of Kenya to establish the Nairobi
International Finance Center (NIFC).
"Financial services sector is one of the key drivers of
Kenya’s economy and therefore the Financial Centre will be a
catalyst to international financial transactions both in Kenya
and in the region once it is complete," said Kenyatta.
"We also request Qatar to consider supporting capacity
building in Kenya, particularly in the aviation industry to meet
the demand for specialized cadres of staff in our two
countries," he said.
On his part, Al-Thani said it was unfortunate that Kenya and
Qatar have in the past failed to exploit the historical ties
between the two regions for the economic benefit of their
He said his visit to Kenya will go a long way in
strengthening mechanisms to exploit the new opportunities that
were created after President Kenyatta’s State visit to Qatar in
Al-Thani also lauded Kenya for its efforts in fighting
terror, saying that terrorism is a global problem that requires
the world coming together to provide a global solution.
Emir of Qatar and Saudi Prince visiting Kenya to