President William Ruto and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday witnessed the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and a cooperation agreement to augment bilateral relations between Nairobi and Pretoria.
The deals, which will see Kenya and South Africa cooperate in the fields of correctional services and housing among others, were signed when President Ruto hosted Ramaphosa at State House Nairobi on Wednesday.
“We are delighted to have presided over the signing of four instruments of cooperation that will play a definitive role in Kenya-South Africa relations. They are three MoU and one agreement on cooperation in the fields of correctional services, cooperation in the fields of housing, human settlement, cooperation between Kenya School of Government and the National School of Government from South Africa and agreement on audio-visual co-production,” said President Ruto.On trade and investment, the two presidents directed their respective ministers of trade to come up with a means to identify, monitor, and resolve the Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) that limit the trade potential between both countries to strengthen trade and investment.
The two heads of state likewise agreed to hold further talks in regard to addressing the issue of restrictions on meat imports by both countries with a view to rescinding the limitations.
According to President Ruto, from January 1, 2023, Kenyans holding passports will be allowed to enter South Africa without any VISAs for up to 90 days per calendar year.
“The two countries have also agreed on a return policy when immigration laws and regulations are breached to make sure that bad elements that try to infiltrate our borders are dealt with firmly,” said President Ruto.