Macron, who is in Kenya for state visit, said he was happy with
the increasing partnership between Kenya and France.
Kenya and France ink
wide-ranging deals to boost ties during Macron’s visit
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and France on Wednesday signed four
partnership deals, aimed at boosting bilateral ties in areas
including skills and talents, universities, research and
professional training, education and strategic infrastructure
projects in Kenya.
France is committed to working together with Kenya in several
areas of mutual interest, among which are trade, investment,
infrastructure, security and counter-terrorism activities, said
French President Emmanuel Macron after the signing of the
agreements in Nairobi.
"We also want to open a new partnership on the economy; we
will sign a series of new agreements in order to develop public
and private partnerships," Macron told at a joint news
conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Macron is accompanied on his two-day state visit by a large
group of businessmen and investors who will meet with government
agencies and private sector players in Kenya to explore
opportunities for investment.
Macron’s visit is the first by a French president to Kenya
since the eastern African country became independent from
Britain in 1963.
Kenyatta said France continues to be one of the most
important contributors to Kenya’s tourism sector, and expressed
optimism that the visit by Macron will help increase the number
of French tourists visiting Kenya.
"This is good for Kenya and for our development," Kenyatta
"Today, France has become Kenya’s major trading partner.
"My expectation is that France will grow into an even more
important trading partner for Kenya as a result of this visit."
The two presidents launched the Peugeot 3008 SUV, one of the
models locally assembled at the Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers (KVM)
in Thika, about 35 km northeast of Nairobi, by French vehicle
manufacturer Groupe PSA.
The assembling of Peugeot 3008 began in September 2017, and
that of two additional models are scheduled to start in April
By the end of 2019, Groupe PSA is expected to assemble at
least 1,000 vehicles in Kenya, up from the current 480 vehicles.
Kenyatta said when the KVM plant is fully operational, Groupe
PSA hopes to assemble at least 15,000 vehicles annually in Kenya
for both the local and regional markets.