President William Ruto and Cyril Ramaphosa of South African have witnessed the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and a cooperation agreement to enhance bilateral relations between Nairobi and Pretoria.

The pacts, which will see Kenya and South Africa cooperate in the fields of correctional services and housing among others, were signed when President Ruto hosted Ramaphosa at State House Nairobi on Wednesday.  

The two presidents directed their respective ministers of trade to come up with a means to identify, monitor, and resolve the Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) that limit the trade potential between both countries to strengthen trade and investment.

They further agreed to hold further talks in regard to addressing the issue of restrictions on meat imports by both countries with a view to rescinding the limitations.

According to President Ruto, from January 1, 2023, Kenyans holding passports will be allowed to enter South Africa without any VISAs  for up to 90 days per calendar year.

President Ruto and Ramaphosa likewise pledged to play their roles in the pursuit of sustainable peace and security in Africa and the world through the Africa Union Peace and Security Council and UN Security Council Frameworks.

Ramaphosa equally accentuated that both Kenya and South Africa are committed to fully implementing signed MoUs and agreements.

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