India, Kenya conduct second round of consultations with Foreign Ministry, review bilateral relations

In a key development, India and Kenya held the second round of Foreign Ministry (FoC) consultations and reviewed bilateral relations in areas including politics and finance, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. press published by the Department of External Affairs.

The consultations were led on the Indian side by Puneet R Kundal, JS (E&SA) and on the Kenyan side by Paul Ndung’u, Director (Asia, Australasia and Pacific Directorate), the Ministry of External Affairs said in its statement. The discussions held within the framework of the bilateral dialogue covered the areas of politics, finance, culture, defence, people-to-people relations, trade and investment and other issues of common interest, notes the press release.

According to the statement, the two sides agreed on enhanced cooperation in emerging sectors such as health, tourism, space, blue economy, new and renewable energy, agro-industry, traditional medicine. and the production of vaccines, among others. The two countries, having welcomed the joint trade level talks in October 2021, also hoped that it would lead to a boost to the growing trade and investment relations between India and Kenya.

Among other discussion points, regional and global issues were also addressed. Both nations are committed to working together within the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). On the international front, India and Kenya deliberated on various aspects relating to the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

While stressing the need for constant exchanges at the political level in order to achieve growth in bilateral relations in all fields, the two nations also agreed to expedite the conclusion of various memorandums of understanding and explore new areas. of cooperation. Kenya congratulated India on celebrating 75 years of independence, while India also expressed support for Kenya’s 60th independence anniversary in 2023.

India – Kenya celebrates 50 years of ICRISAT

India and Kenya are also celebrating 50 years of the Crops Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), established in 1972 with the support of the Indian government. The association has a rich history of developing high-yielding, drought-tolerant crops vital to smallholder farmers in the semi-arid tropics. ICRISAT has developed crops such as sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, groundnut, pigeon pea and chickpea, which provide food security for millions of people on the African continent.

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