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Brazil pledges to strengthen partnership with Kenya in cotton production

Brazil is looking to strengthen partnership with Kenya in cotton production and promote trade and economic cooperation between the two countries through business missions

Brazil aims to boost cooperation to enhance Kenya's capacity in cotton production under an initiative that includes Tanzania and Burundi, according to Fernando Coimbra, Brazilian Ambassador to Kenya.

“I will endeavour to expand this portfolio of technical cooperation between our countries. I will also work to promote mutual awareness through cultural exchanges and enhance participation of Kenyans in the Brazilian exchange programmes for undergraduate and graduate students,” Coimbra added.

In October 2016, the three East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi signed an agreement with Brazil on the Cotton Victoria Project, a regional initiative to strengthen the cotton sector in the Lake Victoria basin. The project will run for four years at a cost of US$13mn.

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, applauded the existing cooperation between Kenya and Brazil, especially the partnership in cotton production and promotion of trade. He expressed optimism that the incoming Brazilian ambassador will succeed in taking the bilateral ties between the two countries to a higher level.

“Brazil has been a close development partner to Kenya in a wide range of areas and I look forward to move our partnership to a new level during your tour of duty,” Kenyatta noted.