President Kenyatta urges India to expand ICT scholarship programmes

President Uhuru Kenyatta recently requested the India government to to consider expanding training and capacity building programmes in various fields including ICT, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry which are key to Kenya’s national development priorities.

A joint communique issued during PM Narendra Modi’s state visit to Kenya this week states that given the importance of cooperation in education and in response to the offer by India to increase scholarships for Kenyans, President Uhuru Kenyatta appreciated the role of Indian universities in training Kenyan graduates who are making positive contributions to the economy.

(TOP: L-R -India PM Narendra Modi and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya).  

“Kenya welcomed the Indian initiative ‘African Development through Indian Technologies and Innovations’ (ADITI) to explore sharing, implementing and commercializing technologies and innovations that aim to spur growth, both in Africa and India,” states the communique.

Kenyatta further congratulated his counterpart on India’s leadership role in the launching of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on November 30, 2015. Both leaders agreed that their respective governments will work together to achieve ISA objectives for accelerated development and deployment of solar energy by facilitating availability, of technologies, finance, research and development and capacity building.

Because capacity building is an essential element in achieving energy access and energy security, India will support training and capacity building in the areas of clean and renewable energy transmission, grid integration of renewables, grid management and energy efficiency. In this regard, India offered its expertise in the area of LED smart street lighting and LED bulbs for domestic use.

PM Modi was in Kenya for a state visit from July 10 – 11 to strengthen bilateral collaboration and explore new areas with a view to intensify cooperation on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues between the two countries.

Apart from collaboration on capacity building and training programmes, the two countries signed MoUs on Defence Cooperation, Cooperation in the field of National Housing Policy Development and Management, Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and MoU between Bureau of Indian Standards and Kenya Bureau of Standards.

Both countries also agreed to continue cooperating in this sector and to share information and expertise in counter terrorism, cyber security, combating drugs and human trafficking according to the joint communique.

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