President William Ruto embarks on a two-day state visit to Germany and France amid criticism of his foreign trips.
A statement from the State House states that the visit’s main objectives would be to strengthen economic connections with France, Germany, and the EU and to promote a strong international agreement on climate action before COP 28.
“In Berlin, Germany, President Ruto will join other leaders at the Compact with Africa (CwA) high-level conference initiated by Germany during its tenure as Chair of G20,” said State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohammed.
President Ruto will showcase Kenya as a leading investment destination in the region, and make a case for strengthening economic ties between the EU and the East African Community.
In addition to strengthening Germany-Kenya collaboration on green energy projects, such as green hydrogen production, Olkaria geothermal field restoration, and grid stabilization, he will hold advanced talks on labor mobility with Germany.
After the Germany visit, Ruto will travel to Strasbourg, France, to address the 705-member European Union Parliament.
“He will emphasize Kenya’s role as the peace and democracy anchor of the region; expound on the country’s vision on Climate action in light of the African leader’s Nairobi Declaration on Climate Change, and elaborate on the economic impact of deepening trade relations between Kenya and the EU that culminates in the signing and implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement this December,” Hussein added.
The President will also hold a bilateral meeting with Roberta Metsola, President of the EU Parliament before meeting President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the implementation of vital infrastructure projects.