Kenya has urged Serbian companies to invest in the Big Four development agenda.
Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba, who is on an official visit to Belgrade, Serbia, said there are many opportunities in the four pillars of manufacturing, food security, affordable housing and universal healthcare projects.
“Kenya is keen to leverage on Serbia’s expertise, especially in manufacturing with your strong industrial base in automobiles, machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food processing,” Ababu said.
He spoke on Thursday on behalf of the Kenyan delegation holding bilateral talks with Serbia officials. The Serbia delegation was lead by the first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic.
Ababu also met with Agriculture secretary Vuk Radojevit of Serbia’s autonomous province of Vojvodina in Novi Sad. They discussed cooperation in agriculture, agri-digitisation and mechanisation, food production, irrigation and scientific research. He also visited BioSens Institute which deals with modern digitization of agriculture and smart farming using smartphones.
“We will cooperate in trade and investment in Big Four agenda programmes, tourism, security, scholarships and multilateralism,” Serbian president Nemanja Stevanovic said.
The two countries agreed to cooperate in trade and investment, tourism, security, sports and culture, technical training, ICT, technological transfer and education.
“Kenya is an established regional economic hub, attractive and safe investment frontier, a gateway to East and Central Africa and a natural springboard into the new Africa Continental Free Trade Area of 1.2 billion people,” Ababusaid.
“Our historical ties have stood the test of time and been manifested in our close cooperation on multiple fronts”.