Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya and the Indian Ocean country of Seychelles have reached an agreement to boost tourism and promote trade amongst the two African nations.
Through the Ministry of Tourism and National Carrier, Kenya Airways KQ, Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU with the Seychelles Tourism Board STB during a hand over ceremony that took place in Nairobi on Tuesday.
The agreement embodies a framework for collaboration between the airline and the Seychelles Tourism Board which is guided by the strategic value of tourism to both organizations.
The MOU further seeks to promote sustainable development in Africa.
“Statistics indicate an increase in arrivals from both destinations to each other’s countries. There is therefore a solid ground to further grow and sustain tourism in both destinations,” said Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala during the handover.
Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, said that his dream is to work together with Kenya to come up with strategies to boost tourism.
“This will include having incentive travels and holiday packages. We are excited by the possibilities offered by Kenya Airways and the supported accorded to us by The Government of Kenya,” he continued.
KQ CEO, Mbuvi Ngunze assured that through signing of the MOU , KQ will seek to not only boost the frequency of flights into Seychelles , but also avail regular cargo freight flights on the request of the Seychelles government based on demand for products from Kenya.
The tourism deal is not the only deal the two countries have struck.
During bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday at State House, Nairobi, visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure entered a wide reaching agreement that will see the two countries expand their ties in trade and security.
The agreement will see Kenya export more human capital and agricultural products to Seychelles.
President Faure said it would be mutually beneficial for his country to import beef and poultry from Kenya rather than countries like Brazil.
Seychelles is expected to assist in transformation of Kenya’s maritime sector especially the fishing industry.
Both presidents announced that Seychelles will support Kenya to make the port of Mombasa to develop the capacity to act as a fish trans-shipment port.