Philip Hammond in Kenya for security and business talks

Philip Hammond with President Kenyatta. Photo: Twitter/UKenyatta

Today, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond, was in Kenya to meet President Kenyatta and hold bilateral talks with Ambassador Dr Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

The Member of Parliament for Runnymede and Weybridge was joined at State House by UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey as they held a “security dialogue”.

Later, Mr Hammond and CS Mohamed discussed business between Kenya and the UK at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Citing Kenya’s ranking by the World Bank in 2016, Amina said that Kenya is in a good position to invite foreign investors.

“UK investment has contributed much in bringing the largest number of tourists in Kenya despite travel advisories by the UK government.” – Amina Mohamed

She also gave assurances that the Kenyan government is committed to softening policies which will encourage investment from foreign companies to create more job opportunities.

Out of 189 economies, the World Bank ranked Kenya as the third most improved nation in business regulatory reforms.

Mr Hammond assured Kenya that the UK’s commitment towards Improving trade and companies within credit and export finance would continue, saying that Britain has come with investments “to safeguard the country” and “increase prosperity of both economies”.

Among those who attended the meeting are senior government officials, and members of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK).

Tweeting after the meeting, Mr Hammond said that there was “close co-operation on shared interests and threats”. He also posted that prosperity and security were “inextricably linked” and were both priorities for both the United Kingdom and Kenya.

Yesterday (2 June), Mr Hammond watched UK trained and supported Somali forces in action.

While in Mogadishu, he met with the Somali President and PM for counter-terrorism talks as British troops arrive to join the United Nations Peace Keeping force.