President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday met Prime Minister Theresa May and sought an agreement to guarantee access of Kenyan exports to the United Kingdom market after the country exits the European Union.
Uhuru left the country at around 9am from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
Uhuru sought a pact to guarantee Kenyan exports on a duty-free quota-free basis after the country exits from the European Union.
“It is Kenya’s desire to continue having seamless trade relations during and after Brexit. We wish to continue accessing the UK market duty-free and quota-free after the UK exits the EU,” he said.
At a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, Uhuru spoke strongly about strengthening bilateral relations with Britain.
Uhuru’s agenda is about ensuring a conducive environment so businesses can thrive to provide much-needed jobs and deepen security in Kenya and the region. These will in turn foster growth and inclusive prosperity.
The two leaders agreed to create a working group to examine a new framework for bilateral and economic relations. The aim is to ensure predictability and continuation of existing market conditions after Brexit.
President Kenyatta also called for an increase in the number of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops to put the Horn of Africa country on a firm trajectory for growth according to The Standard.
He said although AMISOM had made significant progress in checking terrorist activities and stabilising Somalia, there was still much to do before a planned AMISOM drawdown.