(Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in
Kenya early Thursday for a day-long official visit aimed at boosting
bilateral relations between the two countries.
May who is accompanied by several
business persons is expected to hold meetings in Nairobi including
bilateral meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the state
May, the first British PM to visit
Kenya in over 30 years after her predecessor Margaret Thatcher
toured the east African nation, will also witness the signing of two
According to British High Commissioner
to Kenya, Nic Hailey, the visit will deliver investment, strengthen
UK-Kenya partnerships in security and development and support the
crucial fight against corruption.
“UK and Kenya will sign a new
agreement to repatriate proceeds of corruption and crime to Kenya
when Prime Minister May visits Nairobi this week,” Hailey said on
The two will then address a joint
press conference and announce new areas of cooperation and financial
support. The visit is part of a three-nation Africa tour that has
since taken the British PM to Nigeria and South Africa.
Kenya, Britain vow to deepen
trade, investment ties
(Xinhua) -- Kenyan and British governments on Thursday
pledged to deepen trade and investment partnership under the post-Brexit
Visiting British Prime Minister
Theresa May and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said talks between
the two countries are underway to come up with a new framework of
“I want to ensure that the UK’s
relationship with Kenya and with Africa is more and more about
private investment, about doing business and making the most of
commercial opportunities together,” May told a joint news conference
in Nairobi shortly after the two leaders led their respective
delegations in bilateral talks.
She assured Kenya of continued access
of Britain’s markets through the current duty-free arrangement after
the exit of Britain from the European Union.
May who led a 29-member delegation of
business executives said trade links between Britain and Kenya will
continue to be strengthened to enhance economic partnerships, adding
that many investors from her country have an appetite for investing
She said Britain is the largest
foreign investor in Kenya and it is London’s “ambition to be the
G7’s number one investor in Africa by 2022.”
“So as Britain prepares to leave the
European Union we are committed to a smooth transition that ensures
continuity in our trading relationship with Kenya, ensuring Kenya
retains its duty-free, quota-free access to the UK market,” May
On his part, Kenyatta said Kenya is
looking forward for more investments from both its traditional and
new partners to meet its socio-economic agenda.
“Kenya is open for business for all.
And we are not going out there with a begging bowl. No! We are
saying that Kenya is an attractive investment destination for
foreign companies to come, and get a very good dividend while
creating jobs, and helping us further our development agenda,” he