“Discussions towards elevating the Joint Commission for Cooperation between Kenya and South Africa to Special Status Agreement will be a key agenda of the visit to South Africa,” she said.
“The aim is to bolster trade relations through high-level negotiations for the elimination of tariff and non-tariffs barriers between the two countries.”
Amina noted “great potential” for more trade between Kenya and SA, as Kenya is one of the latter’s leading partners in Africa and a major recipient of its Foreign Direct Investment.
“Kenya is the largest export market for South Africa’s products to East and Central Africa. However, trade balance is heavily in favour of South Africa, partly due to poor market access and Kenya’s reliance on the export of primary or semi-processed products, while South Africa exports high-value products.”
The CS cited the recent entry into the Kenyan market by Volkswagen South Africa through the setting up of an assembly plant.
She also mentioned the decision by Development Bank of South Africa to invest in Lapsset corridor projects, as indicators of deepening ties between Kenya and SA.
Amina further noted that the two countries have made good progress in streamlining key issues including visa requirements for Kenyans travelling to SA.
“Key among these was the acceptance by South Africa to issue visas on arrival for official delegations and the Issuance of a one-off visas tenable for the duration of study in SA for Kenyan students.”
Other than the discussions in Durban, Uhuru will go to the 106th commemoration festivities of the African National Congress in the city of East London as a unique visitor.
He will likewise hold chats with Cyril Ramaphosa, the recently chose ANC president who is additionally the nation’s representative president.