Kenya to open first embassy in francophone Africa

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall

Kenya is set to open its first embassy in a French speaking African country this year.

The embassy to be opened in Senegal in four months time is to help boost engagement, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.

In talks with President Macky Sall during the G7 Summit at the weekend, Uhuru noted that Senegal is important to the expansion of trade, especially through the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

“The AfCFTA deal we agreed in Kigali has to be supported by bilateral actions so we are reaching out to Senegal to expand our trade frontiers and boost people-to-people relations necessary for trade,” he said.

Sall invited Uhuru to Dakar to address a major conference in January 2019, on cementing their ties.