They say when you go to Rome, do as the Romans do. No one understands this phrase better than Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta on Tuesday travelled to India to attend the third India-Africa Summit. He has, in his maiden visit, held bilateral talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Summit – whose theme is “Partners in Progress: Towards a Dynamic and Transformative Development Agenda” – aims to adopt an Africa-India framework for strategic cooperation.
Besides official duty, the Kenyan leader, alongside other State Heads, on Wednesday donned authentic Indian regalia.
In the album of photos he shared on his official Facebook page, President Kenyatta is seen having a chat with Guinea’s leader – both dressed in Indian outfit.
Uhuru captioned the album: “With Guinea Bissau President, Jose Mario Vaz, ahead of a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in honour of Heads of State and Governent during the Third India Africa Forum Summit.”
Earlier the President had addressed a meeting between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) in New Delhi, India.
ARV drugs and specialized healthcare
Uhuru will on Friday attend a high level meeting on anti-retroviral therapy in Africa which will discuss ways of ensuring access to lifesaving medicine to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
In his Wednesday meeting with India’s Prime Minister at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Uhuru discussed the strategies the two countries will adopt to lower the cost of medical services for Kenyans.
Uhuru said: “Our two countries are ready to work together in the transfer of skills to strengthen Kenya’s capacity in the provision of specialized health services to lower the burden for the increased number of Kenyans seeking treatment abroad.”
“We both support the setting up of specialized medical facilities by Indian companies in Kenya to reduce the cost of medical services and make it convenient for those requiring the services.”
The President further disclosed he has opened the country’s borders to investment by Indian health companies.
“I welcomed India’s partnership in the areas of oncology and cardiology. We also discussed the need to develop Kenya’s infant pharmaceutical industry. I welcomed Indian pharmaceutical companies to set up manufacturing plants in Kenya to produce affordable drugs,” he wrote.
Here are photos of the President donned in Indian regalia: