Kenya and Congo to Abolish Visa Restrictions, President Ruto Announced

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  • President William Ruto announced that Kenya and Congo will eliminate visa restrictions to facilitate easier movement of people.
  • The two nations have signed comprehensive bilateral agreements aimed at expanding economic welfare and integration.
  • President Ruto emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the region and calls for reforms in UN and multilateral organizations.

President William Ruto has revealed that Kenya and Congo will remove visa restrictions to facilitate smoother travel between the two nations. During a media briefing in Brazzaville, President Ruto stated, “The two nations have signed comprehensive bilateral agreements aimed at expanding economic welfare and enhancing integration.”

The agreements encompass various sectors, including trade, investment, energy, ICT, transportation, security, education, tourism, culture, agriculture, and the blue economy. President Ruto highlighted the intention to restore direct flights between Nairobi and Brazzaville, stating, “This move will enhance integration and boost trade between our nations.”

President Ruto expressed his commitment to establish a resident diplomatic mission in Brazzaville, emphasizing, “Joint infrastructure development will significantly improve the region’s connectivity and boost investment.” He further added, “We will continue cooperating under the AU and IGAD frameworks to restore peace and stability in the Horn of Africa and the Eastern DRC.”

Emphasizing the importance of peace, security, and stability, President Ruto said, “We need to maintain peace, security, and stability within the region as a prerequisite for development.” He also stressed the need for reforms in the United Nations and multilateral organizations, stating, “We need to make them more representative, accountable, and responsive to geopolitical realities.”

President Ruto highlighted the commitment of both nations to transform climate action into green, climate-positive growth. He also emphasized leveraging the African Free Continental Trade Area to expand trade and address food insecurity in the region, stating, “We have plenty of room to expand the scale, size, and value of commercial activities between our nations.”

During the business forum in Brazzaville, President Ruto assured Kenyan and Congolese investors, “We will establish a conducive environment where entrepreneurs can freely invest under the African Free Continental Trade Area framework.”

President Denis Sassou-N’Guesso of Congo expressed his country’s commitment to implementing the signed agreements, stating, “We are going to implement this agreement for the benefit of the people.”

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