ATHENS, Greece, April 26 – The Kenyan ports of Mombasa and Lamu will sign twinning agreements with their Greek counterpart ports of Piraeus and Alexandroupolis that will see the ports establish ties of cooperation in shipping and bulk cargo hauliage.
Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu-Terrah Namwamba, said this when he visited Piraeus port in Athens, Greece where he held talks with the port’s top management led by Vice Presidents of Piraeus Port Authority Angelos Karakostas and Captain Weng Lin.
The twinning agreements will ease the way for Kenyan as well as East and Central African products like flowers, fruits and vegetables to use Greece as a launchpad to access the Balkan and southern European markets through, among others, the lucrative historical Silk Road belt.
Namwamna stressed the importance of the twinning agreements saying it will cut distance and costs and pave the way to collaborate in “key issues” such as technology sharing, maritime security and weather patterns monitoring.
The CAS noted that this cooperation would benefit economies of both countries and regions and also enable Kenya to raise its stake in the highly profitable cruise ship tourism considering that Greece receives 35 million tourists a year.
Namwamba is on official visit to Greece on the invitation of the Greek government. He commenced his visit with fruitful talks with Great start to my official visit to Greece.
Held very fruitful bilateral talks with Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Athanasia (Sia) Anagnostopoulou and her Deputy Tarense-Nikolaus Quick.
He was also hosted at the Ministry of Economy and Development by Deputy Minister Stergios Pitsiorlas.
Discussions centered on conclusion and signing of significant MOUs, including cooperation in tourism, agriculture, sports, culture, diplomatic training and twining of the Ports of Mombasa and Lamu and Piraeus and Alexandroupolis, all in the context of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Big 4 Agenda.
Air traffic between Nairobi and Athens and cooperation in the war against terrorism and violent extremism also featured prominently.
Agreed that a Kenya-Greece Joint Ministerial Committee be established by June to accelerate the framework of cooperation between our two countries.