Meeting Between Kenya and Algeria Leads to Joint Commission for Cooperation

The meeting also agreed on an inaugural Algeria-Kenya Joint Commission for Cooperation for March 2023 in Nairobi.

In a high-level bilateral meeting held in Oran city, Algeria, Cabinet Secretary of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs, Dr. Alfred Mutua, bagged a handful of goodies for Kenya when he met with his Algerian counterpart, the Algerian Minister for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ramtane Lamamra.

Noting the various opportunities available for Kenya in Algeria will be in education, trade, tourism, sports and cultural diplomacy, the two diplomats agreed to aggressively pursue them for mutual benefit.

The meeting focused on agricultural and horticultural products (such as avocados, tea, coffee, nuts, flowers, milk and meat etc.), fertilizer, oil, gas, and pharmaceutical manufacturing, among others, with a view to benefiting Kenyan farmers, students and industrialists.

In the education sector, the Algerian government committed to providing 200 scholarships to Kenya in the areas of pharmacy, medicine, geology, dry farming and engineering.

In industry, Kenya will benefit from subsidized fertilizer and oil & gas as well as pharmaceutical industries through Public Private Partnership (PPP) deals.

To facilitate the movement of goods and people, they agreed to speed up for signing, in the first quarter of 2023, of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement to facilitate direct air travel between Nairobi to Algiers.

“Kenyans should take advantage of these new opportunities so as to increase their earnings and education and grow our economy,” said Dr. Mutua after the meeting.

Other areas of collaboration identified include joint diplomatic training and the twinning of Mombasa and Oran cities.

To speed up these deals, Kenya Pharmacy & Poisons Board will be visiting Algeria in January to look at their products, processes and standards, while the Trade team led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industrialization and Kenya Promotions Board will also visit Algeria in January to actualize these trade deals.

The meeting also agreed on an inaugural Algeria-Kenya Joint Commission for Cooperation for March 2023 in Nairobi.

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