Canada - Kenya Relations

Canada - Kenya Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Kenya in 1963 following its independence. In Kenya, Canada maintains a High Commission in Nairobi, which is Canada's largest mission in Africa. The High Commission is concurrently accredited to Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda, as well as to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat. Kenya is represented in Canada by a High Commission in Ottawa.

Canada and Kenya have an excellent relationship founded on a range of shared interests, and are committed to strengthening collaboration, including on poverty reduction, sustainable economic growth, the empowerment of women and girls, supporting refugees, and regional security and stability.

Kenya hosts the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi since 2009, which benefits from Canadian support. Kenya has been a member of Canada’s Military Training and Cooperation Programme since 1970, with hundreds of Kenyan officers trained to date. There are also two Canadian Forces officers deployed full time at the IPSTC in Nairobi.

International Assistance

In 2016-17, Canada provided $74 million in international assistance to Kenya. Canada’s international assistance is well aligned with Kenya’s overarching Vision 2030 strategy, and our support in this sphere is helping all Kenyans through: creating economic opportunities for poor and vulnerable populations; improving access to quality health care for mothers and children; providing a safe, quality learning environment for children, especially girls; and, by promoting inclusive governance.

Canadian funding for humanitarian assistance in Kenya is based on need, and includes support for UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement, and non-governmental organizations to meet the needs of Kenyans affected by chronic drought and food insecurity, as well as the large populations of Somali and South Sudanese refugees living in the country.  

Commercial Relations

Canada has a well-established trade relationship with Kenya. In 2017, two-way merchandise trade reached $176.2 million in 2017, consisting of $141.7 million in exports to Kenya and $34.5 million in imports from Kenya. Exports to Kenya mainly include vehicles and equipment, vegetable products, and textile products. Imports from Kenya are primarily vegetable products and textile products.

Canadian investments in Kenya total $30 million, most notably in the natural resources sector, where junior exploration companies are actively seeking mineral and oil deposits. Other major Canadian investments include aircraft service centers, call centers and hotels. Opportunities exist for Canadian companies in the extractives, cleantech, transportation infrastructure and education sectors.

Other Relevant Information

May 2018