Kenya’s parliamentary delegation was headed by Mary Emaase, Deputy Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee.
The meeting was also attended by Member of the Ukrainian Parliament Vladyslav Danilin, Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine – Trade Representative of Ukraine Nataliya Mykolska, as well as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kenya in Ukraine Anatolii Kovalenko.
Hanna Hopko noted that the visit by Kenya’s parliamentary delegation became the first since independence of our country and also informed that Ukraine is awaiting visit by Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya Amina Mohamed.
During the meeting Chairperson of the Committee stressed the need to intensify political and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Kenya. Hanna Hopko drew attention to the importance of Kenya’s support of Ukraine within international organizations, especially on security, human rights, and other issues.
Hanna Hopko appealed to the Parliament of Kenya to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a crime of genocide against the Ukrainian people, which was carried out by the Soviet Communist totalitarian regime. "Shared memory about the crimes of the past can be a guarantee to avoid such tragedies in the future”, she said.
Member of Parliament Vladyslav Danilin underlined the need to establish bilateral inter-parliamentary dialogue between the two countries, namely by establishing interparliamentary friendship groups in the parliaments of Ukraine and Kenya.
The sides focused on a common interest to develop cooperation in trade, economic, agricultural, pharmaceutical and food industries.
Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine – Trade Representative of Ukraine Nataliya Mykolska pointed out the necessity of improving the existing level of bilateral trade between Ukraine and Kenya, as well as strengthening cooperation in energy and military sectors.
The Ukrainian side, in particular, stressed the need to open a diplomatic mission of the Republic of Kenya in Ukraine.