- Ruto lauded Japan for funding Kenya's infrastructure projects in health, agriculture, and education among others.
- The President said Kenya has created a conducive business environment that has attracted 104 Japanese companies to the country.
President William Ruto on Monday held bilateral talks with several dignitaries in Nairobi.
The President met the Japanese ambassador to Kenya Ken Okaniwa who delivered a message from Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Ambassador Okaniwa informed Ruto about his forthcoming official visit to Japan following an invitation by PM Fumio.
He noted that Kenya and Japan are celebrating 60 years of diplomacy, friendship and partnership.
"We share a long history of trade, cordial relations and strong cooperation," he said.
Ruto lauded Japan for funding Kenya's infrastructure projects in health, agriculture, and education among others.
"We appreciate your support in the development of a high-tech laboratory at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Southern by-pass in Mombasa and an intelligent transport system in Mombasa County," Ruto said.
The President said Kenya has created a conducive business environment that has attracted 104 Japanese companies to the country.
He emphasized Kenya's commitment to achieving a more balanced trade relationship, which currently tilts in favour of Japan.
Ruto also held talks with Austrian Federal Minister for Labour and Economy Dr Martin Kocher who was accompanied by the Austrian business community.
The two leaders explored ways to increase trade volumes, expand markets for Kenya's agricultural products and enhance labour migration.
Ruto observed that Kenya can learn valuable lessons from Austria's healthcare as the government adopts preventive and promotive healthcare.
The President appealed to the Austrian business community to explore investment opportunities in ICT, Special Economic Zones, water and health sectors.
"Kenya is the ultimate gateway to East Africa and Africa thanks to the African Continental Free Trade Area," he said.
The President also met Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Their discussions focused on exploiting untapped trade and investment opportunities in the two nations.
Ruto expressed Kenya and the Netherlands' commitment to strengthening collaboration in agriculture, renewable energy, and climate action.
The two leaders also explored strategies for maintaining regional peace and security to foster an environment conducive to economic growth.