Kenya may soon export 100,000 workers to Saudi Arabia if negotiations between the two countries are successful, while Qatar is willing to open its market for Kenyan meat.
These are some of the discussions that the Kenyan government successfully held with the leaders of the two Arabic nations when they visited the East African nation.
The Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, was on a one-day state visit to Kenya on Tuesday and Saudi Arabia’s Commerce minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Kassabi led a delegation of 70 people from the private sector and government officials for talks with Nairobi on Wednesday.
Local media report that Kenya and Saudi Arabia reached a number of agreements that will benefit both sides if implemented.
In the new deal with Saudi Arabia, the Middle East economic powerhouse will negotiate with Kenya for skilled and semi-skilled workers such as nurses and technicians.
The two governments agreed to continue addressing the thorny issue of domestic workers who suffer in the hands of their employers in Saudi Arabia.
There have been many reports of Kenyan domestic workers tortured by their bosses, with some even dying as a result of beatings.
The Qataris agreed to put up Nairobi’s financial hub. Since 2014 Kenya has been angling to become Africa’s top financial hub but the lack of a legal framework has been a drawback.
The Emir and his delegation also agreed to support the completion of the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor project.
Once completed, the port will offer many jobs for Kenyans.