National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has lauded relations between Kenya and Nigeria saying they have enhanced trade relations between the two Countries.
Muturi who is in Abuja for the 51st Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Africa Region, took some time off Friday afternoon to visit the Kenyan High Commission in Nigeria.
Accompanied by Narok East MP Aramat Lemanken and Turbo MP Janet Sitienei, Muturi was received by the High Commissioner H.E Ambassador Dr Wilfred Machage and his staff.
He commended the High Commissioner and his staff for the enhanced relations saying the High Commission is playing a crucial role in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which is crucial for socioeconomic development of the two nations.
“I am glad to note that you’re doing a great job to enhance our relations with Nigeria as well as promote business between our two nations”, noted Speaker Muturi.
Dr. Machage apprised the Speaker and his delegation of the existing business opportunities that Kenyans can exploit.
He noted that there is huge potential for dairy farmers since almost all milk products in Nigeria are imported from Europe adding that there is a huge market for Kenyan flowers since all cut flowers are imported from Holland.
Noting that there has been increased traffic between Kenya and Nigeria since President Kenyatta’s directive on visas on arrival for all inbound passengers from the African continent, the High Commissioner decried that Kenya Airways hasn’t exploited her business potential within the region.
Kenya Airways currently flies to Lagos city only, while there’s a bilateral aviation agreement allowing the airline to fly to the Capital Abuja and two other cities.
Earlier in the day, the Speaker also met officials from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association including the Association’s Secretary General Hon. Stephen Twigg and the Acting Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Lidl Grainger.
They deliberated on the Association Matters and the welfare of the African Region.