Kenya And Denmark To Enhance Legislative Engagements

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The Danish Ambassador to Kenya Ambassador Ole Thonke has paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Masika Wetang'ula, in his office at the Parliament Buildings.

Ambassador Ole Thonke lauded the Speaker for his election to preside over the House and further appreciated his leadership in the National Assembly.

While acknowledging that Kenya has previously held contested elections, he noted that this year's election was peculiar but very successfully conducted to be emulated by other countries in the region.

Speaker Wetang'ula appreciated the warm gesture by Ambassador Ole Thonke, saying that Kenya and Denmark are great partners in many development fronts, especially in Humanitarian engagements, particularly recognizing the contribution of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), which he said has brought immense development in the country.

"The government of Denmark has been a key partner to Kenya in sustainable development through the operations of DANIDA and other development programmes. I am sure Danish investors in the country are geared towards high seasons in doing business as the country has now moved on from the General Election and shifted to grow the economy," said Speaker Wetang'ula.

The Speaker underscored the importance of exploring partnerships on the legislative arena, especially now that Denmark recently concluded her general elections. He indicated that Members of Parliament in the National Assembly would learn and benchmark with Denmark through capacity building and exchange programmes organized through Parliamentary caucuses.

"Kenya has made great strides in the management of the 47 counties. We are determined to work directly with the counties and dialogue with the leadership on areas of development", said Ambassador Thonke

He said Kenya is on the right path to achieving the SDGs, embracing technology, mitigating climate change, and supporting SMEs.

The two discussed the need to strengthen ties in governance, agriculture, Microfinance, Health and climate change, and trade, among other areas.

Because Kenya is a developing economy, Ambassador Ole Thonke floated legislative proposals geared towards enhancing better collaborations between the two countries.

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