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Kenya keen to do business with South Sudan

27 February 2014, 14:32 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenya is keen to do business with South Sudan and will work on several initiatives with the country in the future.

South Sudan has been the latest frontier for Kenyan businesses, with many Kenyan firms and businessmen setting up shop in the state.

Major companies such as KCB, Kenya Airways and Equity bank have a presence in the country, with many small scale businessmen also taking stock in Africa's newest state.

And with that in mind, president Kenyatta announced plans to expand the trade cooperation between the two countries.

Speaking in Juba where he had paid president Salva Kiir a courtesy call Wednesday, president Kenyatta said his government would foster relations between the two states to enhance economic growth.

" It is important for our two countries to engage in relations that will serve to improve the economic reliability of our countries, he said. We have agreed on ways of ensuring that we enhance economic activity to spur growth in the region, he added.

He however insisted that there is need for peace to raise investor confidence, referring to the ongoing conflict in the country.

On his part, president Kiir said the two countries had agreed to waive visa requirements for Kenyans crossing into the country to enhance cooperation.

Instead of applying for visa's in Nairobi, Kenyans wishing to visit South Sudan can now do so at the border crossing points, a move Kiir said will make the process of doing business relatively easier.

" The move is an important one because it shows that we are ready to make the right moves to make the process of doing business easier, he said.

Kiir also promised that a speedy resolution to the current conflict is being sought so as to recover the lost time in nation building.

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