4 things Uhuru will discuss with Swiss President ahead of Monday visit

The Swiss President will be in Kenya on July 9 and 10.

Mr Berset who was elected to the post in December for a one-year non-renewable term, will be in Kenya on July 9 and 10.

The visit comes on the back of renewed relations between Kenya and Switzerland, with Bern opening its new Embassy building in Gigiri two years ago.

Here are the key areas of cooperation that will form the basis for discussion between the two leaders:

Swiss Development Agency presence in ASAL areas

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is currently supporting the strengthening of our water and livestock sectors in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) region.

Its projects are facilitating livestock production, increasing access to water and pasture and supporting counties to reduce conflicts and deliver the required services at the county level.

Their support is complementing government efforts at enabling robust and sustainable pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods in the region.

Swiss Skills for Life pilot project in Kakuma Refugee Camp

The SDC is also implementing a pilot project at the Kakuma refugee camp where 580 refugees and residents of Kakuma have received vocational training.

"Increased partnership in this area will therefore see more refugees integrated in to the host communities and lift some of the barriers to inclusion that continue to affect the refugees from our neighbouring countries," read the statement.

Swiss support to Kenya’s Big 4 Health Pillar

The visit will seek to strengthen the ties in the development of Africa’s pharmaceutical industry in areas of generic medicine, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication and medical devices.

Novartis (a Swiss healthcare company) is a key partner in the industry and in 2015 Kenya was the first country to launch its Novartis Access Programme.

Another Swiss pharmaceutical, Hoestch, is also partnering with the Ministry of Health in the provision and distribution of medicines and hospital consumables.

IGAD-Switzerland cooperation

The two leaders will also discuss matters regarding regional security especially efforts made under the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad).

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