President Uhuru Kenyatta left here Saturday for a two-day State visit to Ghana to reciprocate a visit to Kenya by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama in December 2014.
Kenya and Ghana have strong bonds of friendship that began during the independence struggle years in which Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkuruma, was a close friend of Kenya’s founding president, Jomo Kenyatta.
During his visit, President Kenyatta will join President Mahama and the people of Ghana in celebrating Ghana’s 59th Independence Day Anniversary at Black Star Square, one of Accra’s iconic sites.
President Kenyatta is also expected to convey a message of solidarity with the people of Ghana as they celebrate their independence.
In December 2014, President Mahama joined Kenyans in celebrating the 51st Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Beginning 2014, President Kenyatta and President Mahama have worked to create stronger trade relations between the two countries as part of a wider campaign to deepen Africa’s integration. During President Mahama’s visit to Kenya, several key agreements were signed to entrench bilateral ties.
Among the agreements signed was a Bilateral Air Services Agreement, Trade Agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Co-operation in the Energy, Oil and Gas Sectors, an MoU on Technical, Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) Reforms and agreements on tourism, agriculture and information communication technology (ICT).
Kenya is looking for further co-operation in the promotion and protection of investments, avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes and income.
The deepening of ties is expected to open up more areas for bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of Kenya and Ghana.