Slovakia President to visit Kenya for three days

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, is expected in Kenya this week for a a three-day State Visit.

President Kiska who arrives on Monday 13th February 2017 is expected to hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyan entrepreneurs expect to benefit from the talks as this country seeks to spread its network of business partners.

The balance of trade between Kenya and Slovakia is in favour of Slovakia and the talks are expected to partly focus on getting more Kenyan goods into the Slovakia market.

The Slovak Republic is a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union.

The economy has mainly been driven by Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

In 2015, the country’s GDP was $138.277 billion and GDP per capita stood at $25,525 .

Major industries in Slovakia include metal and metal products, paper and printing, food and beverages, electricity, gas, oil, nuclear fuel, transport vehicles, textiles, electrical and optical apparatus, rubber, and machinery.

Kenya is one of the three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where Slovakia maintains diplomatic missions; others are South Africa and Nigeria.

This is the first time a sitting Slovak President is making this visit.