Kenyan High Commissioner meets UK Minister of State for Africa

Andrew Stephenson with Manoah Esipisu
Andrew Stephenson with Manoah Esipisu. Photo: Twitter/MEsipisu

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister Andrew Stephenson has hailed bilateral relations between the UK and Kenya, which he said would continue to flourish based on partnership and mutual prosperity.

Mr Stephenson, Minister for Africa and DFID, spoke when Kenya’s High Commissioner to the Court of St James, Manoah Esipisu, called on him at the FCO in London.

A wide range of issues, including trade, investment, tourism, and security were some of the areas discussed when the Minister and the Kenyan diplomat met.

More than 220 British companies worth more than £3 billion operate in Kenya, ranging from East African Breweries parent, Diageo, to oil and gas company, Tullow Oil.

One in every two cups of tea drank in British households is from Kenya, and the UK is also a major recipient of Kenyan coffee, flowers and fresh vegetables.

Amb. Esipisu saw opportunity of greater engagement wrought by the Big Four Agenda of Investment in affordable housing by British companies in terms of project funding or foreign direct investments.

He also called on the UK to support Kenya’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council as well as continued membership of category “C” of the International Martime Organization.

Kenya’s High Commissioner thanked the UK for their support for the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has strongly helped in degrading of Al Shabaab.

Mr Stephenson thanked Kenya for its role in seeking to secure peace in the larger East Africa and Horn of African regions, including in South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan.

The UK supports a range of social programmes in Kenya, including education, health and governance. Kenya High Commission London is also looking for opportunities in the UK in which Kenyans can invest.

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