Trade CS Moses Kuria to lead high-level delegation involving CSs, MPs to Belarus

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 13:52 | By
Investments, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria
Investments, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria. PHOTO/Courtesy

Investments, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria is set to lead a high-level delegation from Kenya on a visit to the Republic of Belarus from June 6 to June 10, 2023.

The delegation will entail the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and Livestock Development Mithika Linturi and representatives from Parliament as well as the Senate.

"The visit aims to foster stronger bilateral relations and explore potential joint partnership opportunities between the two countries," the Ministry of Trade said in a statement.

The delegation will attend the 33rd International Specialized Exhibition Belagro 2023, organized by the government of Belarus. The Exhibition showcases the country's industrial potential.

Economic state of Belarus

The country boasts a robust industrial sector, with several major state-owned companies making significant contributions to its manufacturing output. The country's key industrial sectors include food industry, manufacturing of refined petroleum products, chemical industry, manufacturing of machinery and equipment, metallurgy, and manufacturing of vehicles and transportation equipment.

Belarus, a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, had a GDP of $195 billion in 2019, or $20,900 per capita. Belarus ranks as the world's 72nd-largest economy by GDP based on purchasing power parity.

"The visit to Belarus holds great significance for strengthening trade and investment ties between Belarus and Kenya with an active focus on expanding cooperation in various sectors of collaboration such as agriculture, food industry, information technology, education, and more," the statement added.

"The proposed areas for discussion during the visit include goods market access food and agriculture/sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, technical barriers to trade (TBT), rules of origin (ROOs), customs procedures, and trade remedies, services, digital trade, and investment."

The Ministry says the delegation will explore opportunities for collaboration in service sectors such as finance, telecommunications, and tourism, promoting digital trade, and encouraging investment flows between the two countries.

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