Kenya: Bilateral Cooperation - Mauritius and Kenya to Sign Several Memoranda of Understanding

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Mauritius and Kenya will sign several Memoranda of Understanding to promote bilateral cooperation in various fields.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focusing on the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Processing Zones (EPZs) in Kenya will be signed with the Republic of Kenya. The purpose is to establish a framework for collaboration between the two countries for the development of SEZs and EPZs in Kenya through the setting up of a Joint Technical Committee which would, inter alia, oversee the implementation and viability of SEZ or EPZ in designated sites in Kenya.

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research of Mauritius and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kenya will sign an MoU for collaboration in Higher Education and Scientific Research. The areas of cooperation for higher education would include, amongst others, mutual recognition and equivalence of qualifications, inter-university linkage, staff and student exchanges, accreditation and quality assurance as well as academic scholarship programmes. The main areas of collaboration for scientific research would include collaborative research, inter-research institution linkages and exchange programmes.

Another MoU aiming to provide cooperation in the field of tourism will be signed with the Republic of Kenya. It makes provisions for the following: enhancement of sustainable and inclusive tourism; joint promotion and marketing of both destinations; exploring new opportunities and avenues for larger inflow and outflow of tourism traffic between the two countries; tourism training and skills development; and the setting up of a Joint Working Group to draw up an Action Plan for enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

Furthermore, an MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme with the Republic of Kenya for the years 2018 to 2021 will be signed. The MoU aims at providing exchanges among cultural and artistic troupes; close collaboration between institutions dealing with film classification, museums, film development, archives, and national library; and support from the Kenyan Authorities in the setting up of a Museum of Slavery. It also has as objectives to promote activities related to folklore and traditions and exchanges in the conservation as well as restoration of archival documents.

The Mauritius Standards Bureau will also sign an MoU with the Kenya Bureau of Standards to promote and facilitate bilateral trade between the two countries through the elimination of non-tariff barriers, thereby minimising any adverse impacts on our export industries. The main activities to be undertaken under the MoU include the establishment and development of direct relationships between the scientific and research institutes on Standardisation and Conformity Assessment; and provision for harmonisation of specified standards with international standards for promotion of technical and scientific cooperation and the elimination of technical barriers to trade.

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