Kenya and EU unveil strategic dialogue framework
Kenya and the EU will cooperate more in domestic, regional and global interests.
Kenya and the European Union have unveiled a strategic dialogue framework through which they seek to step up their bilateral relations.
The announcement was contained in a joint statement released on Monday evening in Brussels following a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his European Council counterpart Charles Michel.
The Strategic Dialogue between Kenya and the European Union was launched on the occasion of the meeting between the two held on 21 June 2021 in Brussels.
Besides the Kenya-EU partnership agreement, Kenya’s ambassador to Brussels,Prof Kaimenyi revealed that President Kenyatta and his European Council counterpart will discuss the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), a matter that has been outstanding since 2014.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss the progress of the ongoing development of a strategic dialogue framework between Kenya and the EU. The decision to elevate the Kenya-EU relationship was arrived at during President Michel’s last visit to Nairobi.
“When the President of the Council, Charles Michel met the President at State House, the issue of upping our game in terms of strategic dialogue between EU and Kenya was raised.
“We have the relevant ministers, the Minister for Trade CS Maina is going to be here, she will be supported by CS for EAC Adan Mohammed. They’re going to hold a meeting with requisite officials from the EU to discuss the matter.
“Having discussed this matter with EU external service officials, there’s alot of excitement. People are very optimistic,” Prof Kaimenyi said in reference to the strategic dialogue framework.
In his meeting with Dr Chikoti and address to the Committee of Ambassadors of the OACPS, Prof Kaimenyi said the President is expected to be appraised on the implementation progress of the 2019 ‘Nairobi Nguvu Ya Pamoja’ declaration and provide guidance on the next steps.
“He (President Kenyatta) will meet the Secretary-General of the OACPS to be briefed on what has transpired since 2019 and pick his brain, as the President-in-Office, on where we should be before he completes his (term of) office next year,” Prof Kaimenyi said.