Kenya Leverages Angolan Cooperation to Bolster Economic Growth

Kenya has expressed interest in strengthening bilateral relations with Angola across various fields including energy, agriculture and trade.

During a visit to the Southern African country in early June, Kenya’s Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfred Nganga Mutua emphasized the role cooperation will play in stimulating domestic economic growth, with the East African country leveraging Angolan expertise to bolster investment and development as well as intra-African trade.

Outcomes from the meeting held between Mudavadi and Angolan President Joāo Lourenço as well as between Minister Mutua and Angola’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Téte António showed interest by all parties to advance collaboration in key areas including capacity building; bilateral political consultation and the balance of trade between the two countries.

Additionally, according to Mudavadi, the talks “centered on issues of mutual interest to the two countries that include boosting trade in the agriculture sector, oil, mining, tourism and the blue economy. We also discussed the critical role our two countries play in promoting peace and stability in the African continent.”

Going forward, the countries will work towards improving the 2018-established Joint Bilateral Commission – an implemented framework for cross-border cooperation in areas of mutual interest such as trade, oil exploration, agriculture, education, military training and health & tourism – while exploring the idea of removing visa requirements between the two countries, therefore enabling the free movement of people, products and services.

With both countries already enjoying strong cooperative relations following the signing of various mechanisms including the 2012 General Agreement on Economic Cooperation and the Scientific, Technical and Cultural Agreement that same year, advanced collaboration is expected to further stimulate growth across the Kenya economy on the back of Angolan expertise.