Wangui Githugo @Wango_G
The local livestock sector has received a major boost after Kenya and Djibouti signed four agreements to deepen bilateral trade links.
The deals signed included trade agreement, memorandum of understanding on bilateral co-operation in the livestock sector, agreement on reciprocal promotion and protection of investments and an agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports.
The agreements were signed at State House, Nairobi, where President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is on a three-day State Visit to Kenya. In the bilateral co-operation in the livestock sector, the two nations will increase trade in livestock and livestock products.
The agreement signed on Kenya’s behalf by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri is expected to improve the economy and livelihoods of pastoralists in the Arid and Semi-Arid regions. Kenya will tap the experience of Djibouti in unlocking the potential in business in the livestock sector especially in exports to the Middle East where Djibouti mainly exports sheep and goats.
President Uhuru assured of productive relations, saying the two nations face the same kind of challenges in a region that has for decades been ravaged by conflicts and modern forms of organised crime like terrorism. “We have talked about how to strengthen our co-operation and to secure our nations.
Both our nations are in a very troubled region and we talked on how to secure the safety and prosperity of our people,” he said. President Guelleh said Djibouti and Kenya are working together to make Somalia peaceful to ensure that the security risk and its continued instability poses to the region is eliminated. “We are in a troubled region where we are confronted by extremism and violence.
That is why our militaries are in Somalia to help it regain stability because what happens in Somalia has an immediate impact on all of us,” he said.
The working together of the two countries in expanding livestock business is expected to tap into the Djibouti connection to make a way into the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa, which has an economy of over $3.1 trillion (Sh311.6 trillion). Early in 2014, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research found that Kenya was experiencing a scarcity of approximately 4,500 tonnes of meat.