State House releases Swiss President’s two-day visit itinerary


State House releases Swiss President's two-day visit itinerary
Switzerland President Alain Berset. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • After the bilateral talks, the visiting Head of State is scheduled to tour Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) where he is expected to meet with senior Kenya Government officials.
  • He will then proceed to the Supreme Court to meet Chief Justice David Maraga and other senior officials of the Judiciary.
  • On Tuesday he is expected to tour Kakuma Refugee Camp and the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement Scheme in Turkana County.

Swiss Confederation President, Alain Berset will on Monday morning be formally received by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

After his arrival, the two Heads of State will join their respective delegations for bilateral talks focused on a wide array of issues aimed at deepening existing partnerships between the two nations.

After the bilateral talks and luncheon hosted by President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, the visiting Head of State is scheduled to tour Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) where he is expected to meet with senior Kenya Government officials.

Aftewards, the Swiss President is scheduled to proceed to the Supreme Court to meet Chief Justice David Maraga and other senior officials of the Judiciary.

The Swiss President is on Tuesday expected to tour Kakuma Refugee Camp and the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement Scheme in Turkana County before returning to Nairobi on his way home.

The Swiss leader arrived in Kenya on Sunday for a two-day official visit.

A statement from State House indicated that Kenya and Switzerland have enjoyed good relations for the last five decades since the European nation became the first country to recognize Kenya as an independent state in 1963.

“The two countries have over the years partnered in areas of trade, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, the development of democratic ideals, peace, and humanitarian interventions. In recent years, Swiss companies especially those in the pharmaceutical sector have shown increased interest in the Kenyan market,” reads the statement.

The visit by the Swiss President is further intended to identify other areas of co-operation particularly on President Kenyatta’s Big 4 agenda.

Other areas expected to be highlighted include initiatives by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) in supporting the strengthening of water and livestock sectors in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) parts of Kenya.

The plight of the Kakuma Refugee Camp, where the Swiss Head of State is scheduled to visit tomorrow (Tuesday) is also expected to be on the agenda. The SDC has been providing refugees at the camp with livelihood skills under the Swiss Skills for Life pilot project.

 

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