- He said there is need for the two countries to work together and enable the people to interact and do business.
- Mr Ramaphosa said the exploitation of natural resources would create job opportunities for the youth.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have said there is need for the two governments to boost trade, movement of goods and people of the two nations.
Addressing the press after a closed-door meeting in East London, South Africa, the two leaders said Africans have a common heritage, which needs to be exploited for their benefit.
President Kenyatta said the two countries are not in competition, but in a partnership that complements each other in improving the lives of their citizens.
“The fate of Africa is tied at the hip and the relationships should foster partnerships that are beneficial to the citizens,” President Kenyatta said.
He said there is need for the two countries to work together and enable the people to interact and do business.
“Political parties are the key engine in ensuring people-to-people connection,” said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta congratulated Mr Ramaphosa on his election as president of the African National Congress, and commended him for his message of unity within the party and the country.
The President commended the ANC leader for following in the footsteps of the founding fathers of the ruling party, saying the message of unity resonates well with their ideals.
President Kenyatta said they discussed various issues aimed at seeking to foster prosperity and movement of the people of the two countries.
Mr Ramaphosa said ties between the two countries can be boosted by opening doors to the citizens to travel and do business without impediment.
“South Africa should open doors for Kenyans and Kenya should open doors for South Africans,” he said.