Indonesia, Kenya to Promote Cooperation on Strategic Industry

Jakarta, IORA – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi after conducting a bilateral meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya Amina C Mohamed said that cooperation in the field of strategic industries of the two countries is growing rapidly and has a great potential to increase. 

At the bilateral meeting, the two ministers discussed various mechanisms of the two countries to improve bilateral cooperation, including through a Joint Commission Meeting. 

The Meeting will strengthen cooperation in the fields of trade, especially strategic industry, and people to people contact. "In particular I also encourage that Indonesian strategic industries can be developed in Kenya, let alone today in some Sub-Saharan African countries, Indonesia’s strategic industrial products and services such as CN235 aircraft, have gained a deep appreciation," Retno said. 

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed efforts to boost trade cooperation between Indonesia and Kenya which has increased since the last two years. Minister Retno also encouraged the business communities of both countries to better improve cooperation, especially through direct trade.

On that occasion, Retno also expressed her appreciation for the support Kenya has given on the implementation of the IORA Leaders' Summit in Jakarta, on March 7, 2017. 

The total bilateral trade between the two countries reached $210.80 million in 2016, and Kenya is Indonesia’s 6th largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Afican countries. (Irvina Falah/MUR) 

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs