Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday
travelled to South Africa on a three-day official visit aimed at
boosting bilateral ties between the two countries.
The State House in a
statement issued before Kenyatta’s departure said the Kenyan
leader will hold talks with his host, South African President
Jacob Zuma on a wide range of areas including trade, security
and infrastructure development.
“During the talks
this afternoon, President Kenyatta and President Zuma will seek
to review the progress in the implementation of earlier signed
agreements and explore new areas to deepen the fraternal ties
between Kenya and South Africa,” State House said.
discussion with Zuma will focus on bridging the balance of trade
which is currently highly in favor of South Africa.
The presidency said
the two leaders will also explore areas geared towards
increasing consultations on global issues that would be enhanced
by increased contacts at the highest bilateral level.
Kenyatta is also
expected to meet Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who succeeded
Zuma last month as party leader of the ruling African National
“He will also meet
Johannesburg business community; and the Chief Executive Officer
of Volkswagen South Africa, Thomas Schaefer, who set up an
assembling plant in Kenya in December 2016,” it said.
In October 2016,
President Zuma made a historic State visit to Kenya which
witnessed the signing of multiple agreements and Memoranda of
Understanding in various sectors concerning cooperation in
defense, investment, biodiversity and travel.