Goa Shipyard Ltd and Kenya Shipyard Ltd have joined hands to enhance their capabilities in ship design and construction. They formalized this collaboration by signing a memorandum of understanding. This development took place on the same day when India’s defense minister, Rajnath Singh, and Kenya’s cabinet secretary for defense, Aden Bare Duale, engaged in discussions in Delhi to strengthen defense cooperation between the two nations.
During the meeting, there was extensive deliberation on capacity building and cooperation in the defense industry. The defense ministry issued a statement indicating that the meeting highlighted the deepening partnership in defense between India and Kenya. Both ministers acknowledged that the defense relationship between their countries has evolved beyond just training-focused interactions and now encompasses more strategic elements.
As a gesture of cooperation, Singh presented 15 sets of parachutes (both main and reserve) produced by Gliders India Limited to Duale for the utilization of Kenyan armed forces.
The two ministers also recognized the importance of closer collaboration in ensuring the maritime security of the Indian Ocean region. This aspect of their discussions underscored the significance of safeguarding the waters in the region.
Duale, who was in India for a three-day visit, expressed his admiration for the growing capabilities of the Indian defense industry, including the private sector. He pointed out the areas where the Indian industry could provide support for the needs of the Kenyan forces.
The statement further elaborated that both sides reached an agreement to conduct joint training in counterinsurgency and UN peacekeeping operations. They also discussed other security matters of mutual interest in the region.