Nic Hailey meets William Ruto to discuss UK and Kenya partnerships

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Nic Hailey meets William Ruto
UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, meets Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

This morning (10 February), the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, was hosted by Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto at his residence in Karen.

During the meeting, the High Commissioner confirmed that the United Kingdom would be continuing to partner with Kenya in the fight against terrorism, especially in areas of counter terrorism. He also conveyed condolences to Kenya following the recent al-Shabaab attack at the AMISOM military camp in Somalia.

Nic Hailey meets William Ruto
UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, meets Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

The two countries also renewed their commitment to pursue relations based on trade and investment in areas which could be of mutual benefit including energy, infrastructure, agriculture and water, as opposed to aid.

“We would like to have a win win situation best fashioned on trade and investment as opposed to aid.

We believe strongly that investment in the energy sector and in infrastructure will be the engine of growth of our economy.” – Deputy President, William Ruto

Mr Ruto was keen to encourage British firms to invest in Kenya’s energy sector, particularly in the geothermal and oil industry, and said he believed there was great potential in agriculture where British firms could invest in agro-processing.

Nic Hailey meets William Ruto
UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, meets Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

Mr Hailey and Mr Ruto also agreed that there was an opportunity for Britain to play a leading role in the modernization of the port of Mombasa with the Deputy President noting that British companies had already invested in Kenya’s tourism industry, Banking, tea, coffee and horticulture.

Nic Hailey meets William Ruto
UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, meets Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

Mr Hailey acknowledged the pivotal role British companies play in Kenya’s economy noting that the top 10-taxpayer companies in Kenya are British.

“We are the number one source of tourists to Kenya and we would like to maintain that position. We also feel that continued increase of investment in the energy sector, particularly in geothermal and in oil will create job opportunities for Kenyans.” – Nic Hailey

Nic Hailey meets William Ruto
UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, meets Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

Yesterday, we reported how the UK and Kenya are jointly funding the road extension linking Moi International Airport and Port of Mombasa.

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