Tourism: South Africa, Kenya to ease travel hiccups in 6 months, moves towards improve trade and travel

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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has said his country is working to ease the travel hitches between the Kenyan government and South Africa and also improve the relations existing both countries.

According to jacarandafm.com, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was on a state visit at the Union Buildings in Tshwane on Tuesday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was addressing the media alongside Kenyatta, announced that there are a raft of changes that will occur between two the countries to increase trade and travel.

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“Economic cooperation also requires progress in ensuring greater ease of travel between our two countries. We therefore acknowledge progress made in the areas of tourism and immigration, including the introduction of E-visas for Kenyans travelling to South Africa.”

As Kenya is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners outside of Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Ramaphosa announced the national airlines of the two countries are in talks to work together to create a pan-African airline.

“We welcome the announcement that South African airways and Kenya Airways have agreed on a strategic partnership framework towards a creation of a pan-African airline group.”

Both presidents have agreed to create a presidential task team to tackle the issues mainly on travel.

“There will be a presidential task team at the level of the two presidents, which will be set up to improve ease of travel and address any visa related challenges between our two countries, this will focus on travel by business people, students and those who seek medical attention.”

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