Big boost to trade and travel after visa waiver between Kenya and Mozambique was signed.

This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique inked a deal that will see visa requirements between the two countries abolished.

The deal was signed on Wednesday during the Kenya-Mozambique business forum held at a local hotel in Nairobi. With the removal of the visa requirements, the two presidents hope to make trade and travel easier and to also facilitate cultural exchanges between the people.

President Kenyatta urged the private sector in Kenya to take advantage of the potential business opportunities that come with the deal. He encouraged the private sector to venture into new investments and to diversify their exports.  He also urged the Mozambicans to also exploit the Kenyan market which he assured them is open, friendly and low-risk.

“Trade between Mozambique and Kenya has been slow despite the large size of the market and the many investment opportunities in the countries. So far Kenyans and Mozambicans have traded in manufactured goods giving hope that African Industrial sector is growing, ” said President Kenyatta.

President Filipe Nyusi praised the good relations between Kenya and Mozambique and encouraged the formation of partnerships between the private sectors such as agriculture, agribusiness, mining and tourism, President Nyusi talked of sharing of ideas such as fishing to improve trade.

In a state banquet hosted later, First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta and Mozambique First Lady, Isaura Nyusi spoke of expanding their partnership in the fight of terrorism and other criminal activities.