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Health, sports top of agenda in Uhuru Cuba visit, says CS

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Kenya and Cuba are keen to build on their historical ties to improve the social welfare of their citizens, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has said.

She said being the first State visit of President Uhuru Kenyatta outside Africa after his inauguration for his second and final term, it is designed to enable the country to achieve its desired ‘Big Four’ agenda especially in health, agriculture, blue economy, tourism and sports. “We are in Havana for the first State visit by President Uhuru after his inauguration for the second term.

This is very deliberate. We are here to strengthen what are historical ties between this country and Kenya but also between Cuba and Africa,” said the Foreign Affairs CS.

She said Kenya would want to draw lessons from the Caribbean nation on preventive and curative health adding that Kenya would also want to develop its pharmaceutical industry especially in the area of vaccines for both human and animals to improve their health.

Pointing out that Cuba has also excelled in the agricultural sector, the CS said Kenya would want to learn more on how to improve its food security to boost capacity in food production.

Sports and Heritage Cabinet secretary Rashid Achesa said he has held discussions with his Cuban counterpart and reached an agreement on signing MOU’s enabling the two countries to have exchange programmes between their sportsmen and women.

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