By Justus Wanzala
Kenya’s President Kenyatta says there is a need for a change of approach in the Africa-Europe cooperation model to make it more commercially oriented.
Speaking at the State House in Nairobi during a virtual meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, Uhuru said Africa-Europe relationship should provide for a scenario where the private sector invests on the basis of returns while creating opportunities for the African continent.
“As you know for sure not only do we share a common historical heritage but the European Union is, without doubt, our largest single trading bloc. And that does not only apply to Kenya, it applies basically to the entire continent (Africa),” said President Kenyatta..
Noting that Kenya is keen on strengthening trade and investment ties with Europe, he urged the European Union to work closely with the country to give the private sector players the confidence to invest in the country and create jobs for the youth.
“This is where we can work together to see how we can encourage private sector players to come in and through their investment fill in our development gap, grow prosperity, create employment and create hope for our young people,” he added.
Michel noted that there was a need for Kenya and the rest of Africa to deepen their mutually beneficial partnership with Europe. He said the global Covid-19 pandemic had presented Africa and the European Union an opportunity to strengthen their ties in sectors such as health, infrastructure and governance.
The two leaders further discussed regional security and Kenya’s membership to the United Nations Security Council and agreed on the need to end the fighting in Ethiopia saying the conflict is a threat to the stability of the entire Horn of Africa region.