Kenya and Mozambique recently solidified their partnership through the signing of eight essential agreements.
The goal of these agreements is to enhance business ties and promote mutual cooperation between the two countries. President William Ruto and his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, witnessed the signing of these agreements.
Among the areas covered by the cooperation agreements are mutual legal assistance, diplomatic training, public service training, investment promotion, Blue Economy, and the mutual recognition of driving licenses. The signing of these agreements signifies the commitment of both nations to strengthen their economic relationship and stimulate trade between them.
President Ruto emphasized that his administration is fully dedicated to increasing trade volumes with Mozambique. He pointed out that there has already been an increase in imports from Mozambique to Kenya between 2018 and 2022, rising from Sh3.2 billion to Sh5.2 billion.
However, the exports from Kenya to Mozambique only marginally increased from Sh1.2 billion to Sh1.4 billion during the same period. President Ruto acknowledged that there is still much work to be done to achieve a balanced trade relationship, but he believes that both countries can benefit mutually from the opportunities presented by this partnership.
The president expressed his commitment to ensuring the prompt and effective implementation of the agreements for the benefit of the citizens of both nations.
He stated that it is crucial to seize the momentum generated by these engagements and expedite the implementation of all the bilateral instruments that have been signed. The goal is to leverage these agreements to foster economic growth and prosperity for both Kenya and Mozambique.
During the signing ceremony, several dignitaries were present, including First Lady Rachel Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries Alfred Mutua (Foreign Affairs), Aden Duale (Defense), and Attorney General Justin Muturi, among others. Their presence reflects the importance and significance both countries place on the strengthening of their bonds.
The agreements signed between Kenya and Mozambique mark a significant milestone in their relationship. By enhancing cooperation in various sectors, including legal assistance, investment promotion, and diplomatic training, both nations aim to stimulate economic growth and create new opportunities.