Kenya and Bangladesh pledge to strengthen their bonds of friendship

Kenya and Bangladesh have signed two memorandums of understanding on political consultations and between the foreign service academies of the two countries.

The MoUs were signed in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Amb. Moi Lemoshira, Director General, Bilateral Affairs and Policy of the Republic of Kenya and Amb. Masud Bin Momen, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

The memorandums of understanding are intended to cement the ties of friendship that exist between the two countries.

The political affairs agreement will establish a framework for regular and active diplomatic consultations between the two countries by reviewing the progress of bilateral cooperation and identifying new areas of mutual interest.

The Memorandum of Understanding on consultations will in particular allow for frequent exchanges of views on bilateral issues as well as on regional and international issues. The Foreign Service Academy agreement aims to share expertise; exchange of teaching methods; encouragement of study and research; exchange of experts and professors; organizing programs and exploring new perspectives.

Earlier in the day, Kenya and Bangladesh held the first Foreign Ministry consultations at the Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka. The outcome of this historic bilateral meeting forms the basis for renewed bilateral relations and structured engagement between Nairobi and Dhaka.

The very successful meeting agreed to give priority to trade and investment cooperation and, in this regard, pledged to negotiate and conclude a revised arrangement of the Joint Cooperation Commission, bilateral agreements on prevention of double taxation, among other business-friendly measures. The two delegations also reaffirmed their mutual commitment to a closer partnership in the areas of climate change, blue economy, renewable energy, tourism and agriculture.

The countries agreed to immediately exchange visits of technical teams and business representatives to formalize and accelerate actions to promote common interests.

Speaking to the Bangladeshi press after the meeting, Amb. Lemoshira said the inaugural session provides an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual benefit in depth and identify new areas for future cooperation, particularly in the areas of double taxation, ICT and agriculture.

Kenya and Bangladesh have long enjoyed warm and cordial diplomatic relations since the independence of Bangladesh in 1975. Bangladesh has established its resident diplomatic representation in Nairobi since 1978 while the Kenyan High Commission in New Delhi is accredited in Dhaka . Kenya has appointed a Dhaka-based Honorary Consul, Mr. Shafiullah Rana, a prominent entrepreneur with business interests in various sectors.

Amb. Lemoshira was accompanied by Amb. Irene Oloo, Deputy High Commissioner of Kenya in New Delhi, Amb. Stella Orina, Ag. Director General of the Foreign Service Academy, Ms. Winnie Mwanjala, Director of the Asia, Australasia and Pacific Islands Division, among other officials.

The Kenyan team will also engage Bangladesh’s business organisations, including the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where they will present the case for trade and investment.

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