KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA DISUCSS DEEPENING BIL;ATERAL, TRADE TIES

NAIROBI-- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has held talks with his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, focused on deepening bilateral and trade relations and agreed to hold a bilateral investment conference in Nairobi in the last quarter of the year to promote intra-Africa investment in general, and specifically investment into South Africa and into Kenya.

At their meeting in Quebec City in Canada on Sunday, after attending the Outreach meeting of the G& Summit at the weekend, the two leaders resolved to strengthen bilateral relations, including to work on immigration facilitation where some progress has been made.

They also agreed that President Kenyatta will make a State Visit to South Africa as soon as possible. The President was accompanied at the meeting by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Dr Monica Juma and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy and Policy, Ruth Kagia.

In Quebec, President Kenyatta also met World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristina Georgiera and discussed the Bank's infrastructure projects in Kenya. President Kenyatta pitched for the Bank's emergency fund to help in the repair of Nairobi roads damaged by rains.

President Kenyatta Kenyatta and the World Bank CEO also discussed the re-aligning of the Bank's funding to Kenya reflect the government's "Big Four Agenda" involving Universal Healthcare, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Food Security.

President Kenyatta also held talks with President Macky Sall of Senegal and Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica. During the talks with President Sall, it was agreed that Kenya will open its first embassy in Francophone countries in Dakar, Senegal, within four months.

President Kenyatta said that the opening of the embassy in Dakar will be a big step in raising the level of engagement with that part of the world. He said Kenya sees Senegal as an important entry point in its quest to expand trade in terms of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

At the meeting with Prime Minister Holness of Jamaica, the leaders agreed to get tangible bilateral relations moving between their two countries. They discussed a wide range of areas of cooperation including exploring quick wins like code share for airlines with Kenya Airways due to start non-stop flights from Nairobi to New York in October. Connection to Kingston, Jamaica, is 3 hours from New York.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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