President William Ruto today opened the Kenyan Embassy in Senegal, becoming the first ever Kenyan embassy in a french-speaking West African country.
Speaking after the opening, Ruto said the embassy will serve the West African region, terming the move as one of the milestones toward achieving integration in the African continent.
“The deliberate move to step up our engagement with other African countries through the establishment of new embassies will enhance diplomatic relations, stimulate intra-African trade and investment, hence drive our continent to prosperity,” said Ruto.
President Ruto also called for cooperation among the African heads of state to help address common problems, calling for states to back each other where need be.
He singled out the new commitment by his Senegalese counterpart President Macky Sall, who said he will throw weight behind the push to restore peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The duo also discussed other areas of cooperation between the two countries, with President Ruto hinting at exploring a visa-free regime between Senegal and Kenya.
While in Dakar, Ruto also met the leadership of the African Development Bank (AfDB), who he showered praise on for the continuous funding of African projects, especially his signature Bottom-Up economic model.
“We thank the African Development Bank (AfDB) for supporting Kenya’s infrastructure projects and development programmes. We look forward to working together to deliver Kenya’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) for the empowerment of the people,” he said.
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