Foreign Ministry says its discussed deal to secure jobs for Kenyans in Jamaica

Kenya’s Foreign and Diaspora Cabinet Secretary Dr. Affairs Alfred Mutua toured Jamaica Tuesday where he held talks with his Jamaican counterpart Kamina Smith to strengthen bilateral ties between the two states.

CS Mutua said part of the discussion was ways of securing jobs for Kenyans in the Caribbean country and expanding the existing bilateral frameworks” to help open up job opportunities for Kenyans.

“We agreed to expand the existing bilateral frameworks to open up opportunities for Kenyan seafarers in Jamaican cruise ships and Kenyan nurses in the health sector in Jamaica,” said CS Mutua.

The two nations will also share knowledge terms and best practices between Jamaican Maritime University and Kenya’s Bandari College through scholarships, student and faculty exchanges, joint development of curricula, internships and training.

The two countries are also looking to boost trade through the exchange of tea and coffee.

The inaugural session of the Kenya-Jamaica Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) will be co-hosted by Kenya and Jamaica in October 2023 in light of the proposals made during the talks.

“In order to implement these action areas, we agreed to co-host the inaugural session of Kenya-Jamaica Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) that will be preceded by a high-level visit to Nairobi, Kenya in October 2023,” he added.

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