[20th March 2015]

OFFICIAL VISIT TO JAPAN BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, 12TH -16TH MARCH, 2015

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a working dinner hosted by Hon. Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya made his inaugural visit to Japan from 12th -16th March, 2015, since his election in office as the President. His Excellency the Presidents' visit was three fold: attend the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai between 14th – 18th March, 2015; reaffirm friendly bilateral relationship and strengthen strategic partnerships between Japan and Kenya; and promote economic ties between the two countries.

The President was accompanied by senior government officials including Cabinet Ministers for Foreign Affairs & International Trade; National Treasury, and Transport and Infrastructure. The delegation also included senior Business executives from various government agencies and private sectors who participated in the Kenya-Japan Business Forum and held meetings with their Japanese counterparts.

On 14th March, 2015 His Excellency attended the official opening ceremony of the 3rd UN Conference on Disaster Risk reduction in Sendai, during which he delivered an official statement on behalf of the Republic of Kenya. Also, while in Sendai, the President paid a courtesy call to their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress.

Significantly, President Kenyatta held a working dinner with Hon. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. During the meeting, the two leaders reaffirmed the enduring cordial relations that have existed between the two friendly countries since independence, and agreed to strengthen mutually beneficial strategic partnerships based on public- Private cooperation. The two leaders further agreed to strengthen cooperation in other areas of mutual concern including fight against terrorism, training matters through ABE Intiative, TICAD matters, and UN Security Council reforms.

His Excellency the president also addressed the Kenya-Japan Business forum that brought together more than two hundred Japanese Business Executives. The forum showcased the existing business opportunities that the Japanese Private sector could venture in both on private-private, and Private-public cooperation. Thereafter, His Excellency the President had the opportunity to hold courtesy meetings with several Japanese Companies' Executives doing business in Kenya and those who have interest to establish business in the country.

Finally the President addressed more than 200 Kenyan Diaspora in Japan during a Diaspora meeting held at Hotel Okura on 15th March, 2015. The President encouraged Kenyans to capitalize on the recently launched Diaspora Policy to cooperate with the Government in promoting the country's development agenda.

In general, the visit was a resounding success manifesting the growing strategic partnership between the two friendly countries, in addition to giving new momentum to Kenya Japan Bilateral relations.

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