Details of Uhuru's Visit to Little Known Barbados

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his Barbados counterpart Mia Amor Mottley
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his Barbados counterpart Mia Amor Mottley
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to visit Barbados island on Monday, October 4, in a bid to foster cooperation between the two countries.

    The news was confirmed by Kenya's Ambassador to Barbados, Anthony Muchiri, and Energy Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma, previous Defence CS. 

    Uhuru is expected to head a business delegation and will seek to append his signature on a joint commission for cooperation.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta Signing Government Documents
    President Uhuru Kenyatta Signing Government Documents

    Muchiri dispelled the perception that relations between the two countries had become dormant - adding that talks needed to be refreshed and renewed.

    He noted that Uhuru would visit officials from top companies in the services sector such as oil and gas, banking, maritime, agriculture, environment, and transport sector.

    "Transport is critical because of connectivity. We always wanted to have a direct connection to the Caribbean. To go to Africa, you have to go through Europe or the US. We are trying as much as possible to ensure that our premier airline sees that a commercial flight is viable to the Caribbean region," he stated.

    CS Juma, who is in the campaign bid to become the seventh Secretary-General of Commonwealth, noted that the partnership and her bid would prove to be crucial for both countries under the association.

    “Part of this is really seen as Kenya’s readiness to take up its position in offering competencies and skills that take the Commonwealth to the next level at a time when we believe we are at a historical crossroads," she stated.

    "Given the geostrategic dynamics, given the risks and threats that are upon us, we believe that we need in the Secretariat, a basis for evolving stronger commitment from every member state, a basis for stronger consensus as part of the Commonwealth values, and a basis for more innovative connections."

    The two countries have continued to foster trade relations in the past ten years. Kenya imports various commodities from Barbados among them beverages, spirits, vinegar, electronic equipment, textile articles, and other chemical products.

    Barbados, on the other hand, imports textile materials, coffee, tea, spices, precious stones, metals, coins, footwear, articles of apparel from Kenya.

    Monica Juma during past press briefing