Kenya-India bolster ties to boost growing technology & agriculture – Kenya News Agency
India and Kenya are attempting to strengthen their long-standing cultural and economic relations by intensifying their engagements in technology and agriculture.
Namgya Khampa, Indian High Commission to Kenya, stated that there are enormous opportunities for collaboration within the technology sector. The Kenyan Government has a very ambitious technological agenda.
Khampa stated that India is ready to collaborate and share what it’s done in the technology sector. This has led to a culture and ecosystem of innovation that has had a multiplier effect.
Speaking, Thursday during the 74Th Republic Day of India celebrations, Khampa explained That India has implemented technological solutions, including digital identity, banking, e-governance among others, which have had impacts that will be of interest to Kenya because technology ultimately promotes faster growth, transparent and inclusive governance, as well as social and economic progress across the board.
“This is a special day since we are celebrating the 74th Republic Day of India, where on this day in 1950, India enacted its Constitution and embarked on its journey as an independent modern Republic,” said Khampa.
She noted that India, Kenya and Kenya have a very historic and enduring partnership. This is supported by the warmth of people led exchanges throughout history. This was evident in Kenya’s celebration of the India Republic Day.
Khampa stated that India is a strong partner in many sectors, and that both countries see great opportunities to strengthen their cooperation, especially in trade and investment, where there is significant interest in India-based companies to expand into Kenya.
“Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), agriculture, education, health care are all sectors that we can do more with Kenya by sharing our experiences as developing countries, which are traversing broadly similar paths,” said Khampa.
The High Commissioner said that her country is looking forward to working with Kenya in the line of agriculture, where a 100 million dollars line of credit have been extended to Kenya, and various initiatives have been prioritised.
“We are looking forward to the fast implementation of this line of credit that has been extended. There are various things we can do in agriculture, including trade and we have to continue having these conversations to see how we can bring concrete projects to fruition and we will continue to engage the government of Kenya on that,” said Khampa.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a