Kenya’s Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Mogere, highlighted the significance of Kenya’s free visa policy, emphasizing its role in fostering free trade within Africa at the Abuja edition of the 3 City West African Roadshow.
According to vanguardngr.com, Mogere said this when he addressed newsmen on the sidelines of the “Magical Kenya Roadshow” held in Abuja. According to him, anyone can apply online and get authorization for a free visa to Kenya.
The event, organized by the Kenya Tourism Board, aims to showcase Kenya’s diverse products and engage professional private sector members to provide value-added activities and experiential holidays. The overarching goal is to boost tourism yield and profits sustainably, emphasizing the unique and authentic experiences the country has to offer.
We work towards implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTCA) to help usher in the kind of deep reforms necessary to enhance long-term growth in Kenya and Africa at large.
“Our legal system is extremely efficient. The belief of Kenya’s presidential agenda is one Africa, one people.
“Pan Africa is the top agenda of our president. This has opened lots of free entries to Kenya,” he said.
He added that the only way to build capacity was to allow free movement of people and goods to every country.
“So, we must be one people, one continent. We must bring ourselves together. If we want to build our country, we must build ourselves.
“We no longer want to wait for the Western world to build our countries. Our countries must be built by our people. Africans must fix the African nations. We must develop the African nations.
“That is why we have AFCTCA, which is now open in space for all countries to be integrated,“ he said.
While speaking on tourism, Mogere affirmed that every African country had valuable natural resources to harness for its prosperity.
“How to harness the potential of these resources is to come together and have a discussion and seek ways to promote mutual benefits.
“In Kenya, we promote our tourism, and all the time we engage in discussion. We mention our tourism, and people see the benefits of it. It is the largest source of our Gross Domestic Products in Kenya.
“We cannot leave it. We have to work on it, and Nigeria is rich in natural resources as well. All these endowments are to be harnessed by the people of Nigeria,” he said.
According to him, the Kenya Republic had started engaging in discussions with the government of Kano to share tourism ideas.
Speaking at the event, Mr Consaga Khisa, the Managing Director, Destination Connect Company, Kenya, said the whole idea of the roadshow was to share experiences and build connections.
“It is not just about business; it’s about friendship, skill development, networking, and more.
“The roadshow being presented offers us a tremendous opportunity to share insights, collaborate, and promote tourism between our two countries,” he said.
Contributing, Mr Anthony Mbehelo, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Utalli College, said the cross-continental tourism initiative signified a positive stride in bolstering regional partnership and promoting economic growth across the African continent.