The Kenyan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Lazarus Amayo, has been in Scotland for a series of meetings designed to boost business links between Glasgow, Aberdeen and Kenya.
On Monday, during a visit to Glasgow H.E. Amayo was welcomed by Lord Provost Eva Bolander to discuss trade, investment and join with an exchange of knowledge.
As well as meeting Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett yesterday, the High Commissioner also made time during his busy schedule to meet with local Kenyans at the city’s Inn at the Park.
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Kenya is a key business area in east Africa with high levels of growth predicted in coming years. With its good levels of English literacy and a growing telecommunications, transport and construction industry, the Lord Provost said that Kenya was now looking to Aberdeen for lessons.
Lord Provost Crockett has revealed that he has been invited to make a reciprocal visit to Kenya.
“It was an honour to host a reception with His Excellency.
“There are already great links going back generations between the UK and Kenya and the High Commissioner was very knowledgeable about Aberdeen and knew the connections there were with the city and Kenya.
“They are very keen to be able to use some of the skills we have gained through the oil and gas in Kenya where their industries are really developing.
“Kenya is a central player in the east African economy, they are developing fast and so are their neighbours.
“If they can use our expertise in the likes of engineering then we can help them develop further and strengthen our economic links.
“I think Kenya is very happy to be part of Aberdeen’s future.” – Lord Provost Barney Crockett
On the High Commission’s website, Mr Amayo is quoted as saying: “Kenya and the United Kingdom enjoy long standing historical ties which continue to grow from strength to strength and have been transformed into a multifaceted and mutually beneficial partnership. These ties encompass virtually all fields of interests.”