Botswana Pres­i­dent will ad­dress work per­mit prob­lems, Uhuru says as he ends trip

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta has pushed for a re­view of regulations that limit jobs and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween Kenya and Botswana.

He wrapped up his three-day state visit to the south­ern African coun­try yes­ter­day. The Pres­i­dent ar­rived in Botswana on Monday and held talks with his host, Pres­i­dent Ian Khama. Top on the agenda was a re­view of im­mi­gra­tion rules that re­strict ob­tain­ing work per­mits.

Khama agreed to re­view the rules so Kenyans can get jobs in the coun­try. Thou- sands of Kenyan pro­fes­sion­als have been work­ing in Botswana’s pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, some of them for many decades.

Kenya and Botswana have ex­changed hu­man cap­i­tal for 50 years, an en­gage­ment that started with Kenya train­ing Botswa­ni­ans af­ter it gained in­de­pen­dence in 1966. The two lead­ers also agreed to re­view an air ser­vices deal that reg­u­lates flight fre­quen­cies and des­ti­na­tions for na­tional car­rier KQ in Botswana. Uhuru’s re­quest was to have KQ al­lowed to fly to Botswana more than three times a week, as it does cur­rently, and to fly to Maun, Fran­cis­town and Kasane, be­sides Gaborone.

The two Pres­i­dents also over­saw the sign­ing of bi­lat­eral agree­ments in min­ing and wa­ter ser­vices. Kenya and Botswana have agreed to col­lab­o­rate to de­velop Kenya’s min­ing sec­tor, where the south­ern African coun­try’s ex­pe­ri­ence will help Kenya.

Dur­ing his visit, Uhuru opened the Botswana-Kenya Busi­ness Sem­i­nar that brought to­gether busi­ness peo­ple from the two coun­tries to ex­plore part­ner­ships. The Pres­i­dent also met Kenyans liv­ing in Botswana and as­sured them that Khama will ad­dress the is­sue of work per­mits, which has been a con­cern.

The plane car­ry­ing Uhuru de­parted from the Sir Seretse Khama In­ter­na­tional Air­port shortly af­ter 10am. He was seen off by Khama and Botswana se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials. Uhuru was ac­com­pa­nied by CSs Amina Mo­hamed (For­eign Af­fairs), Dan Kazungu (Min­ing) and Willy Bett (Agri­cul­ture).

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