Italian president in Kenya for bilateral trade talk

March 14, 2023 | President William Ruto welcomes Italy's Sergio Mattarella for bilateral talks at State House/PSC

NAIROBI, Kenya - Italian President Sergio Mattarella has arrived in Kenya on Monday for a four-day state visit to the East Africa country.

According to Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr. Alfred Mutua, President Mattarella arrived in the country and will hold bilateral talks aimed at boosting trade and investment opportunities and promoting the development of key sectors such as Water, Agriculture, and Tourism.
Mattarella will also hold a public lecture on climate change at the University of Nairobi.

He was accompanied by the Italian Space Agency President Giorgio Saccoccia.

Alongside top officials from both countries, the quick tour will reiterate the importance of space technology to sustainable development and highlights the benefit of human capital development across universities and other institutions.

Kenya and Italian space collaboration can be traced to the early 1960s when the Italian government established the Luigi Broglio Space Center (BSC) near Malindi, Southeastern Kenya.

The BCS was developed through a collaboration between Sapienza University of Rome’s Aerospace Research Centre and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to aid the launch of Italian and international satellites.


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