Kenyan President in South Africa to enhance security cooperation

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has started a three-day official visit to South Africa to discuss security, trade cooperation and infrastructure development, the President's office said Thursday.

South African President Jacob Zuma is hosting Kenyatta for a series of talks aiming to boost cooperation in a wide range of areas, according to a statement issued in Nairobi by the President's Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU).

During their talks in Pretoria, President Kenyatta and President Zuma will review the progress in the implementation of earlier agreements and explore new areas to deepen the ties between their countries.

Six agreements and a Memoranda of Understanding in various sectors were signed in October 2016 when President Zuma visited Kenya.

The agreements were on visa exemption, on defence cooperation, police cooperation, on cooperation between Kenya Investment Authority, Export Promotion Council and the Trade-Invest of South Africa, cooperation in the field of biodiversity, on conservation and management, and on Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor projects.

Both leaders directed that negotiation towards the establishment of a Bi-National Commission be expedited to further bolster trade relations.

President Kenyatta’s visit to South Africa will also focus on enhancing cooperation in the area of training.

Both countries cooperate in scientific exchange, agriculture, public health, law, education and military training among others.

President Kenyatta will also meet Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who succeeded Zuma last month as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

On Saturday President Kenyatta will attend celebrations to mark the 106th anniversary of the ANC.

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11 janvier 2018 18:08:57

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