Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has arrived in London ahead of an eagerly awaited lecture tomorrow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, popularly known as Chatham House.
According to his Twitter account, he is in London “to advance bilateral trade and investment, education, tourism; cement existing cooperation frameworks and explore new opportunities ahead of Brexit.”
The first official appointment of his visit was at Whitehall, where Dr Ruto met with UK Secretary of State for the Department for International Development, Penny Mordaunt.
The Secretary of State told the Deputy President that Brexit would not affect the relationship between the two countries, adding: “Technology can now help us engage in trading activities and has made things easier.”
Commenting after the meeting, Dr Ruto welcomed the assurance that the UK’s departure from the European Union wound not disrupt trade relations between the two countries.
“Continued engagement and use of technology to deepen collaboration on areas of mutual interest will boost our manufacturing sector; stimulate industry; drive the Big Four,” he added.
The Deputy President said that Kenya would continue to engage in activities that can enhance existing cordial relations between the two countries, highlighting the areas of trade and investment. He described the economic relationship as “mutually beneficial” with Britain being the largest source of tourists and some UK companies having a presence in Kenya.
He went on to say that Kenya would continue to enhance the existing good relations with Britain in areas of trade, tourism investment and continued partnership on the fight against extremism.
As well as his Chatham House lecture, Dr Ruto’s spokesman David Mugonyi said the Deputy President is also expected to deliver another at the University of Warwick on Saturday.
His speech is expected to focus his speech on matters of devolution along with the challenges faced in trying to integrate the country and the East African region.