• He said Kenya is determined to cut down on harmful unsustainable emissions and willing to share on Norway’s knowledge and technical capacity in hydropower and solar energy production.
• “I wish to acknowledge that our bilateral relations with Norway, have grown greatly over time in environment, energy, health and education sectors," he said.
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has emphasised on the need to strengthen bilateral ties between Kenya and the Nordic countries of Norway and Sweden.
Kenya and Sweden signed an MOU to strength bilateral trade and commercial relations in July 2022.
Mudavadi said Kenya is keen to broaden collaboration under Sweden’s new strategy for development cooperation with Kenya for the period of 2021-25.
He spoke during the tripartite Kenya, Sweden and Norway Business Summit at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Nairobi on Thursday.
In attendance were Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Sweden, Victoria Ingrid Alice De’siree’ and His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Norway, His Excellency Haakon Magnus.
At the same time, Mudavadi acknowledged the cordial relationship between Kenya and Norway.
He said Kenya is determined to cut down on harmful unsustainable emissions and willing to share on Norway’s knowledge and technical capacity in hydropower and solar energy production.
“I wish to acknowledge that our bilateral relations with Norway, have grown greatly over time in environment, energy, health and education sectors," he said.
"We look forward to development cooperation on Blue Economy and the co-hosted Oceans Seminar between our two countries next year."
On their part, the monarchies affirmed their commitment towards working with Kenya to achieve a common goal in climatic sustainability.
“Sweden had to open up to the world, a result there was an openness to ideas. A combination that has proved vital for innovation and entrepreneurship," Victoria said.
"Whether our friends are next to us like Norway or thousands of miles like Kenya, we are committed by design to ensure that we remain competitive in specific areas of business partnership."
Magnus said there was need to create opportunities for women and young people to build a sustainable society.
He added that the private Sector should be mobilides to pioneer solutions to the ever-emerging global challenges.
"Norway commends Kenya and its national action-plan on business and human rights which is a comprehensive strategy to protect against human rights abuses by businesses whether private or govenment-owned," he said.
"As the first African country to launch such a plan, Kenya now leads the way in promoting responsible business conduct."
The three countries further agreed to take the leadership role on climate action as stipulated under the COP27 commitment and foster partnership in good governance and areas of human rights, gender equality and Women’s rights.