Kenya and Malaysia enjoy cordial relations and have, inter-alia, shared common positions in the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, G-15 and the World Trade Organization. Kenya has maintained a resident Mission in Kuala Lumpur since May, 1997. Malaysia, which hitherto maintained a Trade Commission, opened a fully-fledged Diplomatic Mission in Nairobi in September 2005.
Among the notable bilateral agreements concluded between Kenya and Malaysia are:
- Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Tourism signed in June, 2012
- Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology and in Planning and Implementation of Road Projects signed in 2007.
- Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology signed in 2007.
- Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed in 2007.
- Special Prorate Agreement between Malaysian Airline – System Berhad and Kenya Airways Ltd in 2005.
High Level Visits
Kenya relationship with Malaysia is underpinned by strong people-to-people links and a significant program of two-way, high-level visits across a broad range of portfolios, among them:
- Visit to Malaysia by Hon. Justin B. Muturi, EGH, MP., Speaker of National Assembly of Kenya, and Hon. Ekwee Ethuro, EGH, MP., Speaker of the Senate during the 23rd Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) 23rd CSPOC held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 9 – 14 January 2016.
- Visit to Kenya by Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry during the Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi from 15 to 18 December 2015.
- Visit by former Prime Minister of Kenya in November2012.
- Visit by former Minister for Tourism in June 2012 during signing of the MoU on Tourism Cooperation.
- Official visit to Malaysia by former Minister of State for Defence in April 2012 to attend the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference.
- Official visit to Malaysia by former Vice President in June 2011 during the Langkawi International Dialogue.
- Official Visit to Kenya by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Hon. Dato’ Seri Abdulla Ahmad Badawi in April, 2007.
- Official visits to Malaysia by former President of Kenya in 1988, 1995 and 1998.
Malaysia has been recognised by UNESCO as 11th study destination in the world due to its affordable and quality higher education. The number of Kenyans pursuing education in Malaysian institutions has grown steadily over the years and currently estimated at over 6,00 students. Also several Kenya universities and colleges have signed MOUs with leading Malaysian Universities to collaborate in areas of education and research.