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Australia places trade at the centre of ties with Kenya

John Feakes, Australia’s High Commissioner to Kenya. PHOTO | BD GRAPHIX
John Feakes, Australia’s High Commissioner to Kenya. PHOTO | BD GRAPHIX 

Kenya and Australia are this year celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations. A number of Australian firms have either invested or expressed interest in key sectors of the Kenyan economy, including mining, education, healthcare and agribusiness.

In October 2012, the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) opened an office in Nairobi to finance applied research for faster agricultural technology adoption across 10 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The two countries have also strengthened ties on security, counter-terrorism and piracy, mining exploration and education.

The Business Daily’s Allan Odhiambo spoke with John Feakes, Australia’s High Commissioner to Kenya, on the state of Kenya-Australia relations and what lies ahead for the two countries.