Angola, Kenya Sign 13 Agreements To Relaunch Cooperation

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Angola and Kenya has confirmed the decision to sign 13 agreements on Saturday in various areas to promote bilateral cooperation, as part of the state visit by Angolan President João Lourenço.

The verbal process was signed on Thursday in Nairobi, during the 1st meeting of the Bilateral Joint Commission, by Angola’s Foreign Minister, Teté António, and Kenya’s Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Affairs, Musalia Mudavadi.

The agreements are said to be in the fields of health, agriculture, the environment, mineral resources, oil and gas, tourism, telecommunications, information and communication technologies, transport and maritime cooperation, trade and industry and youth, among others.

A Memorandum of Understanding will also be signed between the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy of the Angolan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Co-operation between the two countries will also be underpinned by the Memorandum of Understanding between the National School of Administration and Public Policy (ENAPP) and the Kenyan Government School in the field of Capacity Building in the Public Service.

Speaking at the end of the First Meeting of the Angola/Kenya Joint Commission, Angola’s Foreign Minister, Teté António, said that the inaugural session marks a new stage in the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.

In his opinion, he considered it to be a historic moment that will allow their parties to intensify cooperation, based on the General Agreement for Cooperation in the Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Domains, signed in Luanda on 15 January 2014, which will allow other sectoral legal instruments to be signed.

Teté António reiterated Angola’s interest in intensifying cooperation with Kenya, by exploiting the various potentials available, with reciprocal advantages, specifically in the areas of Political-Diplomacy, Capacity Building for Civil Service, Health and Agriculture and Forestry.

The minister said that the technical teams had also identified other areas of cooperation that should be finalised as soon as possible, and he urged the related sectors to work closely together in order to achieve this goal within the jointly agreed deadlines.

However, he said, the technical teams should be made responsible for establishing a practical and flexible mechanism to supervise and monitor the commitments made in the Bilateral Joint Commission.