, NAIROBI, Kenya, March 5 – President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to leave for Ghana on Saturday to attend their 59th independence day anniversary celebrations.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu in a press statement said the two-day visit was in reciprocation for President John Mahama’s visit to Kenya in December 2014 during which he attended the Jamhuri Day celebrations.
“President Kenyatta will join President Mahama and the people of Ghana for celebrations to mark Ghana’s 59th Independence Day Anniversary at the Black Star Square, one of Ghana’s iconic sites,” he said.
The two heads of state are also expected to talk trade during the visit with the aim of growing bi-lateral trade between Kenya and Ghana.
“The potential for Kenyan exports to Ghana are immense. Ghana imports a lot of its food from Europe, Brazil, South Africa and Togo. The few Kenyan products, including tea, coffee and cut-flowers, that get into Ghanaian market are imported through South Africa and Nigeria,” Esipisu said.
He said that Kenya is also looking to export livestock products, sisal, honey and nuts directly to the West African market.
The balance of trade between the two countries is currently in Kenya’s favour with Kenya exporting goods valued at Sh478 million to Ghana in 2014 and importing goods worth Sh369 million from Ghana.
Kenya’s major exports to Ghana include sugar confectionery, plant and equipment, plastics, jute, medicaments and articles of rubber while imports from Ghana include cocoa, wire products, machines and tools, natural rubber among others.
“Other sectors identified as priority for Kenya-Ghana cooperation include energy, petroleum, industry, science and technology, trade, financing and banking, health, social development, immigration, fight against illicit drug trafficking, education, tourism and cooperation between private sectors and non-governmental organisations,” Esipisu said.
During President Mahama’s visit to Kenya in December of 2014, several agreements were signed including a Bilateral Air Services Agreement, Trade Agreement, MoU on Cooperation in Energy, Oil and Gas Sectors, MoU ON Technical, Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) Reforms and agreements on tourism, agriculture and ICT.