National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula recently spoke at a thanksgiving ceremony for Kenya’s Ambassador to Egypt, Fred Outa, held in Kisumu County. Wetang’ula emphasized the importance of enhancing bilateral trade relations between Kenya and Egypt. He sees Ambassador Outa’s appointment as a chance for the government to strengthen its representation in Egypt.

Wetang’ula pointed out the potential benefits Kenya could gain from expanding its trade and investment cooperation with Egypt. He believes that by fostering stronger ties, Kenya can improve regional trade and maintain a stable foreign exchange rate. Egypt’s membership in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) provides an opportunity for leveraging the African Free Trade Area to boost trade between the two countries.

The Speaker urged Ambassador Outa to actively seek out partnerships that could increase trade volume during his tenure. Wetang’ula emphasized the importance of leaving a lasting legacy by significantly raising the trade volume between Kenya and Egypt. He encouraged Outa to monitor progress closely and strive for substantial improvements.

Eliud Owalo, the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy, praised Outa as a dedicated politician capable of serving Kenya with diligence. He expressed confidence in Outa’s ability to strengthen the relationship between Kenya and Egypt. Owalo believes that Outa’s efforts will bring opportunities for the Nyanza region and Kenya as a whole, potentially leading to increased employment opportunities for the youth.

Fred Outa, a former Kisumu County Senator, was appointed as Kenya’s Ambassador to Egypt by President Dr. William Ruto. During his vetting by the National Assembly Defence, Intelligence, and Foreign Relations Committee, Outa pledged to prioritize securing export opportunities for Kenyan products in the Egyptian market. At the thanksgiving event, Outa reiterated his commitment to protecting, promoting, and advancing Kenya’s interests abroad, including at the Kenyan Consulate in Amman, Jordan, and the State of Eritrea.