Kenyatta’s visit at the invitation of Ramaphosa offers high-level talks today (Tuesday) and will continue tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss possible bilateral cooperation on diplomatic, trade and health issues, including development and health Distribution of vaccines in Africa.
The two countries share longstanding relationships that existed prior to Kenya’s support for the fight against apartheid and colonialism in South Africa, said Ramaphosa’s spokesman Tyrone Seale.
“The strategic partnership between the two nations is based on shared values and principles,” he said.
” Both nations are committed to democracy, good governance and respect for human rights, including the emancipation of women and the full realization of gender equality. “
South Africa ha t 1992 diplomatic relations with Kenya established with a joint commission for cooperation. Agreement that enables high-level bilateral engagements.
” President Ramaphosa will host a welcoming ceremony in honor of President Kenyatta at the Union Buildings on Tuesday 23rd. The welcome will be followed by talks between the presidents, “said Seale before the meeting.
” President Ramaphosa is leading the South African delegation to the official talks with President Kenyatta, where talks are taking place between bilateral, multilateral, economic, regional and continental issues. ”
Seale added that agreements on cooperation in international relations, domestic affairs and tourism are expected . signed.
The two heads of state will also give a speech at the South Africa-Kenya Business Forum to further explore new areas of economic, trade and investment cooperation.
Kenyatta’s program includes a visit to Transnet Engineering, a branch of the national railway company, in Koedoespoort on the outskirts of Tshwane.
“ This commitment provides an ideal opportunity to demonstrate South Africa’s ability to supply and maintain rail technology, ”said Seale.
The two leaders will also discuss the latest developments surrounding the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including “the important matter” of manufacturing and distributing vaccines.
“To this end the program of President Kenyatta is e A visit to the Aspen Pharmacare facility in Gqeberha (on the east coast of South Africa in the Indian Ocean), “said Seale.
The Kenyan guide will demonstrate South Africa’s technical capabilities in vaccines and vaccines to manufacture and sell other pharmaceuticals for a global market in accordance with international standards and highlight areas for possible cooperation with Kenya, added the Ramaphosa spokesman.
Kenya is East Africa’s largest economy and South Africa’s largest trading partner in Africa outside of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South Africa exported goods worth around 500 million US dollars to Kenya in 2020 while imports from Kenya amounted to about 22 million US dollars.
More than 60 South African companies are active in Kenya, among other things in financial services, real estate, food and investing in drinking, entertainment and hospitality.
In addition to specific projects and programs of common interest, strengthening political and economic relations between South Africa and Kenya is high on the agenda of the talks between the two heads of state.