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17th July, 2013.
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) during a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at State House, Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday.

Kenya Airways direct flights to Abuja will enhance trade and tourism - President Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya Airways will soon start direct flights to Abuja, Nigeria in a bid to further tourism and trade.

The President said the recent review of Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the two countries was an important milestone that will allow Kenya Airways to fly directly to Abuja.

Speaking during a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at State House, Abuja, President Kenyatta pointed out that tourism was an untapped potential area in the bilateral relations between the two countries.

He said that the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation on tourism under consideration by the two countries will also offer other avenues for exchanges in this important sector.

"Nigeria has a large middle class population, which would enjoy the numerous tourist attractions in Kenya. We want to see Nigerians stopping in Kenya for business and tourism not just transiting through Nairobi," he said.

The Head of State encouraged Nigerian entrepreneurs to take advantage of the attractive investment opportunities available in Kenya to conduct business.

He called for closer interaction between business communities from both countries through the respective chambers of commerce and relevant trade and investment institutions to facilitate and expedite trade and investments.

"Whereas I am encouraged by the growth of trade between our two countries, the potential for investment and trade is still largely under exploited," President Kenyatta said.

He said the new chancery and ambassador residence in Abuja which he officially opened earlier in the week is the largest Kenyan diplomatic establishment in Africa and a clear testament of the country's longstanding commitment to strengthen and consolidate its bilateral relations with Nigeria.

President Kenyatta said the bond between the two countries was demonstrated by President Jonathan's presence during his inauguration.

President Jonathan assured President Kenyatta that his Federal Government will do everything possible to enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Present were Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and her Nigerian counterpart Olugbenga Ashiru, among senior government officials from the two countries.

Source: nation.co.ke

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