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President Ruto’s twin visit to Tanzania, Zimbabwe

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President William Ruto has departed for Tanzania Thursday evening to participate in celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Union of mainland Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar.

The President’s participation in this national celebration will underscore Kenya’s
cherished relationship, good neighbourliness and steadfast partnership and solidarity
with the United Republic of Tanzania and its people.

Thereafter, the Head of State will commence a two-day State Visit to Zimbabwe aimed
at bolstering political, economic and socio-cultural ties between the two countries.

While in the Southern African country, President Ruto will be the chief guest at the
64th Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, in Bulawayo.

He will emphasise the significance of international trade fairs and forums as catalysts for economic development, industrial growth, global linkages and job creation.

The visit elevates the existing strong bilateral relations between the two countries by
upgrading the current Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation at the ministerial
level to a Bi-National Commission at the Heads of State level.

Seven bilateral cooperation instruments in health, defense, investment, education,
transport and capacity building in public service will be signed during the visit.

In talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, President Ruto will
express the need for closer air connectivity between the two countries in the spirit of
the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Tripartite Alliance Free Trade Area.

The President will also share Kenya’s perspective on climate action and the urgent
need for UN Security Council reforms that respond to the current global realities.

As a champion for the African Union institutional reforms, he will seek President
Mnangagwa’s views and ideas on how to strengthen the continental institution.

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