Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn is expected in the country (Kenya) today (Wednesday) for a three-day State Visit until Friday this week.
This follows an invitation by President Uhuru Kentatta after he (Uhuru) visited Ethiopia in March 2014.
In preparation for the State Visit, Senior Officials from Kenya and Ethiopia have met in Nairobi since last week.
The discussions have focused on the speedy implementation of Special Status Agreement signed by the two governments in November 2012.
According to the State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the 35th Joint Ministerial Commission will take place on the day the PM will land in the country, to pave way for the first High Level Biennial Commission which will be inaugurated by President Kenyatta and his guest Prime Minister Hailemariam.
“This is in line with the 2014 Agreement to elevate the Joint Ministerial Commission to a Bi-National Commission to be convened at the highest level of Government. The new framework raises the profile of our structured bilateral engagement to the highest level and underscores the commitment of both countries to consolidate our strategic partnership,” said Esipisu.
In a statement issued on Monday, he disclosed the two Heads of Government will discuss a number of issues during the Summit, which include:
- Reviewing progress on ongoing LAPSSET projects; discuss energy related projects and agreements;
2. Seeking stronger cooperation on a range of matters, including border management and reducing human trafficking, strengthening security cooperation, and
3. Deepening commitment to regional and international cooperation.
“Kenya and Ethiopia are strategic partners and will use this opportunity to enhance bilateral economic cooperation between both countries, including trade relations.”
A Kenya-Ethiopia Business Forum in which business leaders will seek to strengthen business-to-business relations will be held on June 22, 2016.