President Uhuru Kenyatta began a State Visit to Moscow on Thursday (August 15) and will go on to China. He is accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. In Moscow he is expected to hold discussions with business leaders interested in Kenya's emerging role as a new frontier for oil and gas and mineral wealth. Talks will also cover Kenya's drive to open new markets for its traditional exports which include coffee, tea, horticulture and fresh produce. Discussions are also expected to focus on new investment areas, with growth in innovation and technology.
President Kenyatta's five day official visit to China begins on August 19 and will also concentrate on discussions on business and investment. He is expected to sign framework agreements on a power transmission project for Nairobi and a Memorandum of Understanding on environmental protection between the Ministry of Environment Protection of the Peoples' Republic of China and Kenya's Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, as well as review a number of projects currently under discussion between Kenya and China. The government is further seeking financing for a $2.5bn standard-gauge railway from the port of Mombasa to Uganda and a $1.8bn dam.