Kenya and Iran have agreed to establish Specialised Work ing Groups to accelerate the implementation of signed agreements and memoranda o f understanding between the two countries.
They include economic, trade and banking co-operation, agricultural and educatio nal cooperation, energy, oil and industry cooperation; and political, cultural, h ealth and housing cooperation.
The two countries also underscored the importance of expanding economic, politic al, cultural and international ties and welcomed the exchange of high-ranking de l egations.
The resolutions are part of a joint communique signed by Kenya and Iran to furth er consolidate and strengthen relations between the two countries, the Prime Min i ster Press Service (PMPS), said in a news dispatch from Tehran Thursday.
The first vice-president, Dr. Parviz Davoudi, signed on behalf of Iran while Pri me Minister Raila Odinga committed Kenya.
Odinga concluded his two-day official visit to Tehran by holding talks with Iran ian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The two nations also agreed to study the possibility of joint investment on esta blishing centres for training the trainers, as well as private technical and voc a tional training institutes, exchange of specialised labour and experiences in re q uired fields.
Concerning housing, both sides agreed to conclude the 2007 MOU on Housing and st ressed the importance of its implementation.
The two expressed interest in facilitating Iranian investors and private compani es to construct low-cost housing units in Kenya.
Regarding the exchange of experiences in the type of municipalities of Nairobi a nd Tehran, the two parties emphasised the importance of enhancing cooperation th r ough capacity building in order to develop civil facilities and improve the welf a re of the residents of the two capitals.
Earlier, Kenya’s Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Sall y Kosgei, signed an MOU on Educational, Research and Technological Cooperation.
Prof. Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi, Iran’s Minister for Science, Research and Technolog y, signed on behalf of his country.
The Kenyan Minister for Medical Services, Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, signed the MOU for Health Cooperation between Kenya and Iran, while his Iranian counterpart, Pr o f. Kamran Baghari Lankarani, signed for Iran.
The occasion was witnessed by the Kenya Ambassador to Iran, Ali Abbas, and Cabin et Minister James Orengo (lands) among other dignitaries.