India to lend Kenya $45 million to boost manufacturing sector

India to lend Kenya $45 million to boost manufacturing sector

India to lend Kenya $45 million to boost manufacturing sector

"Our in-depth discussions on regional and global issues reflected our considerable convergence on issues of common interest and concern", he said at a joint press interaction after his bilateral meeting with President Magufuli. Zuma said they had agreed to expand and improve people-to-people contact between the countries. Modi said that among the rising African economies, Kenya has been one of the strongest performers. "He requested India to consider expanding training and capacity building programmes in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and ICT which are relevant to Kenya's national development priorities", the joint statement said. It will also put up incubators that will help Tanzanians to reap benefits of technology from India as well as preparing the country to become an industrial economy as part of the implementation of the Second Five- Year Development Plan.

Stating Kenya as a young country like India, the Indian PM said: "Your workforce is sought after in Africa".

Modi said that India and Mozambique stood with each other in the worldwide arena on a range of issues. "We have agreed to deepen our security partnership including in fields of cyber security, combating drugs and narcotics and human trafficking".

At the beginning of his speech, the Prime Minister commended the Indian community in Kenya for preserving their culture and tradition despite being away from their land of origin for generations.

This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Kenya in 35 years after the visit of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1982. Last week, Israel agreed to help Kenya fight terrorism by sharing intelligence when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited. "With significant presence of Indian companies in Kenya, our investment partnership is robust, diverse and vibrant", he said. "We live in a world where preachers of hate and violence are threatening the fabric of our society", Modi said while addressing the students of the University of Nairobi here.

Modi addressed tens of thousands of people of Indian origin in Kenya's largest stadium Sunday evening, after arriving from Tanzania.

The Prime Minister said education, vocational training and skill development were other areas of priority in which India was willing to offer all assistance.

Kenyatta added that his country is keen to have cooperation in the field of sports, with India having expertise in cricket and Kenya in athletics. Modi's visit is aimed at shoring up economic ties, maritime security and counterbalance China's growing influence in the resources-rich countries.

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