SPEECH BY H.E. PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA AT THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLEFORUM DURING THE STATE VISIT TO KENYA BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCKJONATHAN
Excellencies,Honorable Ministers,Ambassadors and High Commissioners,Members of Nigerian Business CommunityLadies and Gentlemen,On behalf of the people and the government of Kenya, i extend a very warmwelcome to our friends from the the federal republic of Nigeria. With this historicvisit, you do us a great honour. I am particularly grateful to my good friend, H.E.President Goodluck Jonathan, for allowing me to host him and members of hisdelegation. I hope that your visit here will be as fulfilling for you as my recent tour of Nigeria was to my team and I.Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,I want to state at the outset that one of my highest priorities as president of Kenya,is to break perennial barriers that have hindered the development of investment andtrade among African nations. There is absolutely no reason why so much of Africashould stagnate in poverty amid so much opportunity. Our generation has nogreater challenge than the imperative to unlock our continent's economic potential.It is in this spirit that I welcome all of you to this business forum.My desire is that the interactions that have taken place here will inaugurate abuilding of bridges between our two nations – bridges that will facilitate initiativesto grow our economies and strengthen our friendship.Ladies and gentlemenWithout a doubt, Kenya and Nigeria are among Africa's cornerstone economies. Ourtwo countries have enjoyed excellent and cordial relations anchored in commoneconomic, cultural and historical ties. There is much more that we can and should dotogether in furtherance of this bond.Because there are challenges to confront together, we recognize that earning thebenefits of partnership requires commitment, focus and a dedication to our sharedinterests. We must therefore commit to eliminate the barriers that currentlyconstrain movement of goods and services between our countries. My governmentwill highly appreciate the Nigerian government's lifting of various restrictionspresently limiting Kenyan exports to Nigeria. This would significantly increase tradevolumes between our countries. Products of interest currently on Nigeria’s importprohibition list include cement, beef and textiles.