This morning (10 February), the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, was hosted by Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto at his residence in Karen.
— Nic Hailey (@HCNicHailey) February 10, 2016
During the meeting, the High Commissioner confirmed that the United Kingdom would be continuing to partner with Kenya in the fight against terrorism, especially in areas of counter terrorism. He also conveyed condolences to Kenya following the recent al-Shabaab attack at the AMISOM military camp in Somalia.
The two countries also renewed their commitment to pursue relations based on trade and investment in areas which could be of mutual benefit including energy, infrastructure, agriculture and water, as opposed to aid.
“We would like to have a win win situation best fashioned on trade and investment as opposed to aid.
We believe strongly that investment in the energy sector and in infrastructure will be the engine of growth of our economy.” – Deputy President, William Ruto
Mr Ruto was keen to encourage British firms to invest in Kenya’s energy sector, particularly in the geothermal and oil industry, and said he believed there was great potential in agriculture where British firms could invest in agro-processing.
Mr Hailey and Mr Ruto also agreed that there was an opportunity for Britain to play a leading role in the modernization of the port of Mombasa with the Deputy President noting that British companies had already invested in Kenya’s tourism industry, Banking, tea, coffee and horticulture.
Mr Hailey acknowledged the pivotal role British companies play in Kenya’s economy noting that the top 10-taxpayer companies in Kenya are British.
“We are the number one source of tourists to Kenya and we would like to maintain that position. We also feel that continued increase of investment in the energy sector, particularly in geothermal and in oil will create job opportunities for Kenyans.” – Nic Hailey