WATCH: President Kenyatta says visit to Barbados 'long overdue'
President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason. (BGIS)
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta has described Barbados as a “strategic partner for Kenya” and has pledged to improve the relationship between the two countries in areas of trade and connectivity.
“You are an English speaking country with population of African heritage and our similarities are greater than our differences. This visit, therefore, is a visit long overdue.
As developing countries, we need to work in solidarity in pursuit of changes that mutually benefit us, economically but also internationally through bilateral engagement, especially in regard to South-South Cooperation.”
President Kenyatta is on an official visit to Barbados. He and the First Lady arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Wednesday April 7 in the early evening, where he was greeted by Prime Minister, Mia Mottley.
He paid a visit to the Governor Dame Sandra Mason on Wednesday evening at Government House, attended by members of his Presidential delegation, Members of Barbados Parliament, Opposition members and the Senate.
President Kenyatta told attendees though the official date of bilateral relations between Kenya and Barbados began in 2014, it dates back "almost a hundred years ago ... when Pan Africanists worked together and engaged in the struggle for our liberation".
“Our engagement with our extended African diaspora has been lacking. However, it is my belief that this visit will lead to stronger links and bonds of friendship in our two countries and the people in the wider Caribbean region.
“I look forward to signing Memorandums of Understanding with the Prime Minister that will seek to strengthen not just our bilateral relations but also further deepen our people-to-people exchanges.
The President will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Mottley and several ministers at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), Two Mile Hill, St. Michael today.