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EAM's Kenya visit India extends support to domestic progs; Indo-Pacific discussed

EAM's Kenya visit India extends support to domestic progs; Indo-Pacific discussed



Our top story this hour india and kenya  discuss the indo-pacific region as  indian external affairs minister  s chair shankar wrapped up his three-day  visit to the east african country  the significant development came as the  two held extensive talks on global and  regional issues  including security situation in the  indo-pacific region and the horn of  africa  apart from this india also extended  support to kenya's  big four agendas now these are the  kenyan government programs  dedicated to food security affordable  housing  manufacturing and affordable health care  during his address at the inauguration  of the renovated mahatma gandhi library  at the university of nairobi jaishankar  called for the decentralization  of globalization  the direct lesson from the pandemic is  the need  today the pressing need i would say for  decentralized globalization  our sense of security has also undergone  a radical change  we now perceive health and food  security as far more intrinsic  to national security this makes a  compelling case  for enhancing capacities in africa  and that would only happen when  partnerships genuinely aimed at africa's  welfare  deliver more extensively on development  projects  earlier jaishankar interacted with the  indian diaspora in kenya nearly 80  000 persons of indian origin live in the  east african country  he also held talks with his kinion  counterpart the duo discussed  enchantment  of enhancement of a bilateral  cooperation  now for more on this we are being joined  beyond principal diplomatic  correspondent sudhan sibel for more  updates on this sudhan thank you for  joining us now indian kenya discussed  the indo-pacific region  as the external affairs minister wrapped  up his  visit what can you tell us about the  developments on that front  well this is the first in-person visit  of  an indian minister to africa mr povet  pandemic  and this year as well we know that there  hadn't been much of a physical movement  because of the covet  pandemic but talking about uh the  outcome the joint statement was released  by india and kenya yesterday  uh evening and four things stood out  first of course the dimension of  indo-pacific this is of course  significant in terms of an  african country using the term  indo-pacific which has  seen increased traction globally when it  comes to  asean countries or european countries  but this is perhaps  the first time an african country is  using the term in  the joint statement second of course a  development partnership with india has  been providing  in terms of capacity building uh  resources to keelya in fact india  provides scholarship  uh to many kenyan students also as you  pointed out uh  the domestic agenda of the kenyan  government is backed by the  government the four big agendas which is  significant in terms of  india providing support to india and  lastly it is the issue of  counterterrorism that of course  also uh was mentioned the issue of  terrorism not only here in asia but also  in africa  right now just for more clarity on this  what exactly is kenya's role when it  comes to  security and issues relating to the  indo-pacific  well uh first of all the fact that it's  for the first time that there is a use  of indo-pacific terms by kenya uh by  perhaps uh any african country is  something that  is bound to raise uh especially in  beijing because beijing is not very  happy whenever a country uses the word  indo-pacific while it's being backed by  india and of course the united states  but also remember that kenya shares  its maritime uh border with india in  terms of  sharing the shows of uh the indian ocean  so  both these countries have been the  members  of the iora that's the indian ocean rim  association this is a grouping of all  the countries who share  shows with the indian ocean and under  this platform both countries  are working uh with each other when it  comes to issues such as maritime piracy  when it comes to uh the pollution in the  region maritime pollution so we do  expect under  uh the larger rubric of indo-pacific  vision  both countries will come together on  various issues especially when it comes  to  in indian ocean becoming an increasingly  increasingly an area of competition  between the great powers all right and  also talking about  kenya's big four agendas now india has  extended support how do you see the  support manifesting  well uh if you talk about a larger  relationship between india and africa  first we know that india has been  providing support to african countries  in terms of development partnership in  terms of infrastructure development in  fact  one thing i would like to point out is  that last year uh the organization  of islamic corporation had held its  foreign minister's  meeting and this meeting happened in  nigeria and it happened  in a conference hall that was built by  india mahatma gandhi  convention center and similar things are  happening here in kenya as well in fact  the indian external affairs minister was  present at a library at the university  of nairobi and this  mahatma gandhi library has been  refurbished with the financing provided  by the indian government so the indian  government providing support to the  domestic agenda when it's manufacturing  because  kenya wants to increase its  manufacturing to 20 percent by the year  2022  the low cost uh housing this is another  big project of the kenyan government so  these are the projects through which  indian government wants to support not  only kenya but  large african continent as well all  right suzanne.

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