Fresh impetus for bilateral relations: President Berset to visit Kenya

Bern, 04.07.2018 - Switzerland and Kenya want to broaden their relations. To strengthen contacts at the highest political level, President Alain Berset will travel to Kenya on an official visit. Official talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta are scheduled for Monday, 9 July. On Tuesday, 10 July, Mr Berset will visit the Kakuma refugee camp.

The meeting will focus on economic and political relations between the two countries. Other important topics include cooperation in the fight against corruption and discussions on the health sector. The political situation in Eastern Africa and international cooperation between Switzerland and Kenya will also be on the agenda.

Mr Berset will hold a meeting with Chief Justice David Maraga. In addition, meetings are planned with representatives from the Kenyan civil society, members of the arts scene and the Swiss community.

On Tuesday, 10 July, Mr Berset will visit the Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana County in northern Kenya. Kenya has half a million refugees, most of them from Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where parts of the civilian population have fled internal conflicts. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is active on Kenyan territory: in Kakuma, where 186,000 people have found refuge, it finances vocational training and other projects.

Kenya is one of the most influential countries on the African continent. Relations with Switzerland are good and have been expanding. Kenya is one of Switzerland's five most important trading partners south of the Sahara. There is potential for closer economic relations in various fields such as the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

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