President Museveni left for a three-day State visit to Qatar at the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The President, who was accompanied by the first Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, noted before boarding waiting plane at Entebbe Airport: “I will meet the Emir and other Qatari government and business officials as we seek to strengthen our countries’ business and trade relations,”
Last week, His Highness Tamim bin Hamad signed agreements of cooperation on tourism, education and culture as part of activities marking the Emir of Qatar’s State Visit to East Africa’s economic powerhouse.
The agreements were signed after President Uhuru Kenyatta and His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held bilateral talks at State House, Nairobi, where the Kenyan Government also presented proposals new opportunities for investment to their Qatari counterparts.
The Memorandum of Understanding on tourism cooperation between Kenya and Qatar provides for the creation of conditions for long-term collaboration in tourism through exchange of expertise, statistics, marketing and promotion.
The agreement on education, higher education, scientific research and technology provides a general framework for cooperation in basic education, higher education and science and technology through exchanges of information, expertise and visits.
The two countries also signed an agreement that provides for cooperation in the understanding and promotion of each other’s cultural arts and matters, through exchanges and participation in each other’s cultural activities such as festivals, symposia and exhibitions.
President Kenyatta encouraged Qatar to continue using Kenya as a spring board for its investments in the COMESA market region. President Kenyatta also thanked the government of Qatar for the support it gave to the National Treasury of Kenya to establish the Nairobi International Finance Center (NIFC).