President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, 20th May commissioned Kenya’s new chancery in the Swiss Capital of Bern.
The embassy will enhance multilateral cooperation between Kenya and Switzerland especially in the areas of research, education, training, defence and hospitality.
On Thursday, 19th May, Kenyan Ambassador to Switzerland Andrew Kihurani said that the opening of the new chancery will invigorate the growing bilateral trade which has been on the upward trend with Kenya’s exports standing at Ksh4.8 billion while imports from Switzerland standing at Ksh8 billion annually.
“Another primary issue we engage in is promotion of trade. You may be aware that there’s significant bilateral trade between the two countries. Kenya is Switzerland’s 16th biggest trading partner in Africa,” Amb Kihurani said.
He pointed out that despite the balance of trade being tilted in favour of Switzerland, Kenya has continued to increase its export of coffee, tea and horticultural produce.
Kihurani also said that the new chancery will help enhance the growth of tourism exchange between the two States, with the expectations of rising the growth level of tourism.
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