Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama today said bilateral trade agreements signed between Kenya and Ghana yesterday will open up new economic frontiers for mutual benefits.
Speaking at the end of the first-ever State Visit to Kenya by a Head of State from Ghana, he said his mission was successful and looks forward to increased trade between the two countries.
The Ghanaian leader was seen off by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
President Mahama said Kenya and Ghana have best practices that they can share with each other to boost prosperity.
"We can take it (intra-Africa trade) to another level. We have historically cooperated together in the liberation struggle from colonial domination and the generation of our fathers have handed the responsibility to us to move our countries to the next step," he said.
He said Kenya and Ghana were now full middle-income countries and the challenge was how to translate the economic growth into real benefits for the people.
"How we are able to translate the fruits of growth into a good and decent life for our people to eradicate poverty, disease and illiteracy is a challenge we all face. There are best practices Kenya and Ghana can share with each other," said President Mahama.
He said bilateral agreements that were signed yesterday at State House, Nairobi will ease the conditions for doing business and increase the volume of trade between Kenya and Ghana.
The Ghanaian leader said more agreements will be signed between the two nations when President Kenyatta pays a State Visit to Ghana in the near future.
"When President Kenyatta visits Ghana we will be able to sign agreements that include avoidance of double taxation," he said.
President Mahama came to Kenya on Thursday and was a special guest at the 51st Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium, which was also graced by Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda) as well as the Vice Presidents of South Sudan and Comoros.
Yesterday, President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted a State Luncheon in honour of the Ghanaian leader.
On his arrival at State House, President Mahama inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces and received a 21-gun salute.
Before the Luncheon, President Kenyatta and President Mahama witnessed the signing of seven bilateral agreements.
On Friday, he laid a wreath at the mausoleum of founding President Jomo Kenyatta, during a solemn ceremony.
The Ghanaian President was also taken on a tour of the National Youth Service headquarters by President Kenyatta.
The Ghanaian leader requested for the NYS tour after watching a documentary, screened at Nyayo Stadium during Jamhuri Day celebration, of how NYS was deployed to upgrade the Kibera slums.
During his visit, he also met staff of the United Nations at the UN Gigiri complex.
President Kenyatta was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and other senior Government officials to see off President Mahama who was headed to chair a summit of the regional bloc Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria.
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