Bangladesh and Kenya on Sunday (Jul 24) signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)s on bilateral political consultations and cooperation between Foreign Service Academies of the two countries. Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Kenyan foreign ministry's additional secretary Moi Lemoshira inked the instruments on behalf of their respective sides at foreign service academy in the capital, local media reported.
Before the signing ceremony, a 10-member Kenyan delegation led by Lemoshira joined first ever Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) with Bangladesh delegation led by foreign ministry's secretary (East) Mashfee Binte Shams.
During the FOC, Lemoshira said that the consultations would help in identifying new areas of cooperation and strengthen the existing relations. He said that apart from diplomatic relations, the necessity of augmenting relations in trade and economic area is increasingly felt.
The Kenyan side underlined the need for establishing joint economic cooperation and signing of joint trade agreement with Bangladesh.
Both sides agreed to develop cooperation in areas like agriculture including contract farming, technical exchanges in IT, education, youth cooperation, air connectivity, blue economy, cooperation between investment authorities and food security.
Shams briefed the delegation on the remarkable socio-economic achievements of Bangladesh in the recent years. She mentioned that there may be exchanges of knowledge and trainings in agriculture, IT, women empowerment and UN peace keeping areas.
Both sides also pledged to continue cooperation at bilateral and multilateral platforms like UN, Common Wealth and IORA.
The Kenyan delegation is also scheduled to join meetings with government agencies and apex business chambers and visit export processing zones and manufacturing industries in Bangladesh.