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Kenya, Singapore ink deals to advance bilateral ties

NAIROBI, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Kenya and Singapore on Thursday signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on information and communications technology (ICT), climate change and skills development to help boost bilateral ties between the two countries.

Kenyan President William Ruto and visiting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the three MoUs during bilateral talks held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, according to a statement issued by the Kenyan presidency.

The ICT agreement will facilitate cooperation on cyber security, digitization of government services and ICT capacity building, Ruto said.

He noted that the MoU on skills development will facilitate collaboration in human resource capacity building for civil servants and students.

Lee noted that the signing of a climate change pact will build a collective action to deal with the "greatest existential threat to mankind."

"Our ties have been growing. We will further this by pursuing more economic opportunities that will stimulate our shared prosperity," Lee said.

Later at a joint press conference, Ruto said his country will consider Singapore's strategic location in South East Asia as a gateway for its products to enter regional markets.

Ruto said the move is guided by the government's commitment to expanding market access for its agricultural produce.