Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The agreements, which were witnessed by visiting Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her host President Uhuru Kenyatta, were on the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) and the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
The two leaders also signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement to revitalize the air transport connectivity between the two countries.

Speaking after signing the agreements in Nairobi, Kenyatta said JCC and MoU on political consultations agreement will provide the necessary legal and political framework essential for enhancing mutually beneficial commercial, cultural and diplomatic exchanges.

“It is up to us and our delegations to move with speed, identify potential sectors for cooperation and develop strong and sustainable frameworks in order to accrue tangible benefits for our citizens,” he said.

The Kenyan leader singled out agriculture as one area where Kenya could share its experience with Liberia.

“We can leverage our vast knowledge particularly in the livestock sub-sector to provide capacity building, share best practices in disease and pest control and cooperate in research and technology transfer,” Kenyatta said.

He said Liberia, which is home to the second largest maritime registry in the world, has a wealth of experience in maritime affairs that Kenya could benefit from.

He stressed the need for increased air transport connectivity within Africa and expressed satisfaction that the signing of a MOu in Air Services between Kenya and Liberia has seen significant improvement in air transport.
“Kenya Airways now flies from Nairobi to Monrovia, easing the movement of people, goods and services between our two countries,” he said.

Kenyatta commended Liberia for joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), the main decision-making body in the global trade system.

He said Kenya looked forward to working closely with Liberia and other African countries within WTO to ensure that the needs of the continent are addressed.

President Sirleaf said that time was ripe for Kenya and Liberia to explore new areas of engagement for the benefit of their citizens.

The Liberian leader cited the great strides Kenya has made in the education sector, saying that was one area of cooperation her country was keen to develop.

“Kenya has excelled in providing quality education to its young people. That is one area Liberia is looking forward to borrow a leaf from Kenya,” President Sirleaf said.

On the fight against terrorism, President Kenyatta called for concerted and sustained efforts by the international community to ensure that agents of terror are effectively eliminated.

Kenyatta whose country has been subjected to a series of terror attacks said Kenya will continue to explore new and innovative ideas to purge the threat. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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