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  • 09 February, 2023

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India-Kenya Ties

India-Kenya Ties

  • Following a joint reconnaissance of the coastal region close to the Lamu Archipelago by the warships of both nations, India recently handed over 100 nautical charts to Kenya.
  • The survey was carried out in India by the National Hydrography Office of the Indian Navy.

About Kenya:

  • Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa.
  • Nairobi is Kenya's largest and capital city, whereas Mombasa, on the country's coast, served as the nation's first capital and oldest city.
  • Kenya is bordered to the northwest by South Sudan, to the north by Ethiopia, to the east by Somalia, to the west by Uganda, to the south by Tanzania, and to the southeast by the Indian Ocean.
  • Indians and people of Indian origin, descendants of workers the British imported to build the Uganda Railway, make up a sizable portion of the population of Kenya.
  • Kenya and India collaborate often on international fora such as the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, Commonwealth of Nations, G-77 and G-15, and the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation.
  • People have traveled and traded across Kenya for ages because of its location between the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria in Africa and the Middle East.
  • As a result, there are now numerous different ethnic groups and languages.
  • According to scientists, the original human birthplace may have been in Northern Kenya and Tanzania.
  • In Kenya's Turkana Basin, researchers recovered the remains of one of the earliest human forebears yet discovered.
  • The Omo-Turkana basin, which spans four nations—Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda—includes Lake Turkana, the biggest desert lake on earth.
  • The headquarters of UN-Habitat is located at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

India-Kenya relations:

  • Historical ties between India and Kenya are based on the well-documented trade in spices.
  • It is a crucial player in deciding the geopolitics of the Western Indian Ocean in addition to being India's maritime neighbor.
  • Kenya is an active member of the African Union, which has a long-standing relationship with India.
  • In 2017, the Kenyan government designated people of Indian heritage as the 44th tribe in the nation.
  • In addition, 14 Kenyan employees have taken courses at the National Institute of Hydrography in Goa as part of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program to date.
  • Kenya's new cancer hospital will be funded by India.
  • India will provide drugs to Kenyan AIDS sufferers.
  • Kenya would receive a 60 million dollar concessional credit from India for a power transmission project.
  • Agreement between India and Kenya on working together to develop and manage National Housing Policy.
  • Both parties will cooperate on all issues pertaining to housing and human settlements utilizing a variety of techniques, such as staff training, personnel exchanges, exhibitions, conferences, and seminars.
  • The partnership between the two countries will center on scaling up slum prevention and improvement programs based on each country's expertise and execution methodology.
  • A memorandum of understanding for agricultural cooperation
  • A $100 million Line of Credit (LoC) for Kenya's agricultural mechanization was also announced by India.

About The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)Programme:

  • ITEC is the leading capacity-building platform of the Ministry Of External Affairs, Government of India.

  • ITEC, established in 1964, is one of the first institutionalised programmes for establishing international capacity. It has taught more than 200,000 officials from more than 160 nations in the civilian and defense sectors.
  • Each year, EC provides more than 400 courses at more than 100 prestigious institutions in India, providing almost 10,000 fully-funded possibilities for in-person training options.

Source: The Hindu

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