Trade and se­cu­rity to dom­i­nate Pres­i­dents Uhuru, Zuma talks

Visit ex­pected to deepen eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural and so­cial ties be­tween Kenya and South Africa. Coun­tries will re­view progress in key ar­eas of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion

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Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta will this morn­ing host his South African coun­ter­part Ja­cob Zuma for trade talks at State House, Nairobi.

Trade, se­cu­rity and im­mi­gra­tion are ex­pected to dom­i­nate the talks, which will be pre­ceded by a 21-gun sa­lute and guard of hon­our by the Kenya De­fence Forces, in hon­our of Zuma.

Zuma ar­rived in the coun­try last evening for the first state visit to Kenya by a South African pres­i­dent.

“Pres­i­dent Keny­atta will then host Pres­i­dent Zuma to one-on-one talks, for­mal bi­lat­eral talks be­tween the two gov­ern­ments, and then hold a news con­fer­ence on Tues­day morn­ing [to- day]. In the af­ter­noon, Keny­atta and Zuma will ad­dress a Kenya-South Africa busi­ness fo­rum, be­fore Zuma re­turns to State House for a state ban­quet hosted in his hon­our,” State House spokesman Manoah Esip­isu said.

Ac­cord­ing to the South Africa pres­i­dency, Zuma is ac­com­pa­nied by Maite Nkoana-Masha­bane, min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co­op­er­a­tion; Lynne Brown, Pub­lic En­ter­prise min­is­ter; Malusi Gi­gaba, Home Af­fairs min­is­ter; Nathi Nh­leko, Min­is­ter of Po­lice Edna Molewa, En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs min­is­ter and No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula the min­is­ter of De­fence and Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans.

“The visit will fur­ther pro­vide a plat­form for both coun­tries to re­view progress on key ar­eas of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, which in­clude trade and in­vest­ment; agri­cul­ture; tourism and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment,” South Africa pres­i­dency spokesper­son Bon­gani Ngqu­lunga said in a state­ment.

The visit is ex­pected to en­able Kenya and South Africa to deepen eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural and so­cial re­la­tions and fur­ther pro­vide a plat­form for both coun­tries to re­view progress on key ar­eas of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion

This in­cludes part­ner­ship in trade and in­vest­ment; agri­cul­ture; tourism and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

The two heads of state will ex­change views on im­por­tant re­gional, con­ti­nen­tal and global is­sues of mu­tual con­cern.

Kenya is seen as an im­por­tant part­ner for South Africa in the East Africa re­gion, in the ad­vance­ment of in­ter and in­tra-African trade and in­vest­ment.

/ENOS TECHE

South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma (C) dur­ing the Tokyo In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence of African De­vel­op­ment VI in Nairobi in August

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