, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will lead a high level delegation on an official visit to Kenya from November 25 to 26.
The delegation will include four Cabinet ministers among them the Minister for Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemart-Petterson, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Tokozile Xasa and Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ismail, among other senior government officials.
Mr Motlanthe will be hosted by his Kenyan counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka.
The visit will focus on enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The two delegations will review the progress on the ongoing discussions towards the launch of a more robust bilateral cooperation agenda, under the framework of an expanded Kenya-South Africa Joint Commission for Cooperation.
Among the areas of cooperation that will be given priority during a bilateral consultative meeting on Thursday, include trade, agriculture, tourism, livestock development, fisheries, security issues, higher education, science and technology among others.
The meeting will be co-chaired by the two vice-presidents. Issues of mutual interest at the regional and multilateral levels will also be discussed. The visit is also intended to lay the groundwork for planned visit to Kenya by the South African President Jacob Zuma next year.
During the visit, Mr Motlanthe will also pay a courtesy call on President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
On Friday, Mr Motlanthe will attend a Kenya-South Africa business symposium that will discuss ways of promoting business cooperation and developing networks between Kenyan businessmen and their South African counterparts. He is also scheduled to deliver a public lecture on “Development conditions for growth in Africa” at the University of Nairobi.
On the same day, in a bid to set the pace for the launch of the new co-operation framework, the two vice presidents will sign agreements on bilateral cooperation in Agriculture; and on the Avoidance of Double Taxation. They will then address a joint press conference.
The South African deputy president will depart later on Friday.