Turkey – Political Relations with Kenya
Turkey-Kenya relations with Kenya gained independence in 1963, the day that followed a trend developing with each passing day, since our country’s Embassy in Nairobi has become operational in 1968. Kenya also opened an embassy in Ankara in 2012.
Kenya President Daniel Arap Moi visited Turkey in 1996 and our 11th President Mr. Abdullah Gül made his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa to Kenya from 20-22 February 2009. On February 20, 2009, Turkish Airlines (THY) flights to Nairobi started. From 05 December 2012, Mombasa flights have also started.
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, made an official visit to my country on 8-10 April 2014. The visit is the first bilateral visit from Kenya to my country at the level of the President. Within the scope of the visit, ten agreements and memoranda of understanding have been signed for energy security, economics press-publication. Within the framework of Kenya’s new foreign policy initiatives are a privileged role of Turkey. Kenya’s relations with Africa and Turkey also considers as the dominant actor. In this context, Kenya Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed attended the invitation of minister as a speaker to the traditional 8th Ambassadors’ Conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 12-14 January 2016.
Our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to Kenya on June 2, 2016, in the presence of a delegation of ministers, deputies, businessmen and journalists.
Turkey-Kenya bilateral trade volume in 2016 141 million US dollars (Turkey’s exports: 127.9 million US dollars, Turkey’s imports: US $ 13.1 million), as has been realized. As of the first nine months of 2017, the trade volume between the two countries exceeded 180 million USD.
Major products exported by our country to Kenya include gasoline, iron, steel, electrical machinery and devices, pasta, wheat flour, furniture, tractor, generator. Our imports from Kenya consist of large and small animal heads, tea, vegetable seeds and cut flower products. Turkey, Kenya is known for its quality textiles and building materials products.
Foreign policy priorities include increasing with the recent acquisition of an important place in Africa, Turkey has started to become an important development partner in Kenya. Kenya is participating in the capacity building projects carried out by our country in the fields of security, agriculture, education and health. In addition, various non-governmental organizations also aid Kenya, primarily health and emergency food aid.
Higher education scholarships to Kenyan students every year under Turkey Scholarships are allocated. Turkey covered by scholarships, 35 for the 2015-2016 academic year, 2016-2017 has been allocated 43 scholarships to Kenyan students in the academic year. The number of scholarships allocated has been 7 in 2017 – 2018 academic year.