Kenya, Mozambique sign deal to free travel between the two nations

Kenyans traveling to Mozambique will now not be required to acquire visas before visiting the Southern African nation, thanks to a visa waiver agreement signed between the two countries on Wednesday. Similar courtesies will be extended to Mozambicans coming to Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Mozambican counterpart, President Filipe Nyusi, witnessed the signing of a bilateral agreement to abolish visa requirements for citizens of both countries in order to ease trade and travel between the two nations.

And, speaking while addressing a Kenya-Mozambique business forum at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi, the two leaders challenged the private sector to exploit the huge trade potential that exists between the two countries.

President Kenyatta decried the slow pace of growth in trade between the two nations in spite of the large market and numerous investment opportunities.

In 2017, Kenya’s imports from Mozambique were worth $31 million while exports were valued at $12 million.

He said the two nations have so far largely traded in manufactured goods, an encouraging sign that Africa’s industrial sector is picking up.

“Kenya and Mozambique are similar because they both work with the private sector,” said President Kenyatta as he encouraged the business community to take advantage of the bilateral agreements and favorable trade policies in the two countries.Slide 31 of 31: Zimbabwe cricketer Brendan Taylor plays a shot during the fifth day of the second Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on November 15, 2018. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The two leaders said improving in infrastructure will boost Intra-Africa trade, which is still very low.

On his part, President Nyusi said Kenya and Mozambique have strong bonds because they share a history stretching back to more than a millennium and that the people of the two nations are related.

President Nyusi urged the private sector in both nations to spearhead the expansion of economic partnerships between the two nations, especially in sectors such as agriculture, agribusiness, minerals, tourism among others.

“We should enhance partnership between our private sectors,” said President Nyusi, who noted that his country can share its experience in fishing with Kenya.