Kenya’s new Algeria envoy eyes trade boost

Kenya has opened a new embassy in Algiers, Algeria in a sign of increasing trade and political ties with the North African country.

Ambassador Moi Lemoshira who was appointed to the post presented his Letters of Credence to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday.

The ambassador said that the embassy would be most concerned with bilateral and continental issues affecting the two nations.

“This Afro-centric approach underlines the Jubilee government’s commitment to boost intra-African trade, international peace and security, sustainable development, and people-to-people relations” said Mr Lemoshira.

This is Kenya’s 17th mission in Africa and is expected to help grow Kenya’s trade with Algeria. Official statistics indicate that Kenya’s exports to Algeria in 2013 were worth Sh545 million compared to imports of Sh13 million.

The two countries are negotiating bilateral agreements in trade; oil, gas and energy; investment; sports and recreation and cooperation between leading institutions of technical training.

Kenya is also looking to master a critical support at the African Union (AU) in an anti-ICC protocol that will see the creation of an African court to deal with future cases of international crimes.

Mr Lemoshira described Kenya-Algeria ties as important in forging “partnership at the AU and other key international institutions to push for Africa’s agenda including continental integration and the realising Africa’s rightful position in global affairs.”