Kenya, South Africa Agree To Remove Trade Barriers To Expand Trade

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Kenya and South Africa have resolved to eliminate trade barriers between the two countries to spur trade.

President William Ruto and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa urged entrepreneurs from both nations to take advantage of the move.

"Business people should not hold us back. Let us embrace bigger markets and be competitive. In Europe, trade between countries is at 70 percent, while here in Africa, it stands at 19 percent. We must correct this situation," said Ruto.

Speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) during the Kenya-South Africa high-level business forum, the two leaders committed to unlocking opportunities for investors.

President Ramaphosa asked entrepreneurs to explore more business opportunities in either country for shared prosperity.

Earlier, the two countries agreed on a visa-free regime to promote trade and investment.
Following the deal, Kenya ordinary passport holders will be allowed to enter South Africa Visa-free for up to 90 Days per calendar year beginning January 1, 2023.

President William Ruto explained that a return policy has also been agreed upon when immigration laws and regulations are breached.

"Kenya considers South Africa a strategic ally, and we are committed to building stronger economic ties between our nations," he said.

President Ramaphosa arrived in Kenya on Wednesday for a two-day state visit.

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