Mahama?s 3-Day State Visit to Kenya

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  1. At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama made a state visit to the Republic of Kenya from 11th to 14th December 2014. H.E. John Dramani Mahama was accompanied by a high powered delegation consisting of Ministers and senior officials from the Republic of Ghana
    President Mahama
  2. The three-day historic State Visit, the first by a sitting Head of State of the Republic of Ghana, provided an opportunity to re-energise and strengthen the warm and brotherly relations, which exist between the Governments and people of the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Ghana. As testimony to the cordial relations between the two countries, H.E. John Dramani Mahama participated in celebrations commemorating Kenya?s 51st Independence anniversary yesterday.
  3. The two Presidents held discussions on a wide range of issues of mutual interest at bilateral, regional, continental and global levels.
  4. At the bilateral level, the two Presidents recalled the close relationship between the founding fathers of the two nations, the late President Jomo Kenyatta and the late President Kwame Nkrumah and their shared vision for a united and prosperous Africa. The two leaders reinforced their pledge to the furtherance and realization of these goals. They expressed satisfaction at the excellent historical and fraternal relations that continue to flourish between the Governments and people of the two countries.
  5. They noted that the conclusion and signing of the Agreement on General Cooperation and the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between the two countries on 29th January 2014 have provided an effective legal framework for strengthening bilateral relations and for deepening cooperation between the two countries.
  6. The two Presidents pledged to enhance and further consolidate economic and trade ties to reflect the excellent relations existing between the two countries; and reiterated their support to the private sector through provision of a conducive environment for investment. They underscored the need to expand the existing cooperation with concrete, sustainable and mutually rewarding legal instruments and activities that would promote cooperation in the sectors of energy, ICT, trade, tourism, transport, agriculture and education
  7. The two Presidents witnessed the historic signing of seven (7) Agreements:
  • Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the Republic of Ghana
  • Trade Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the Republic of Ghana
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the Republic of Ghana on Cooperation in Energy, Oil and Gas Sectors
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Kenya and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Ghana on Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) Reforms
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the Republic of Ghana on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Agriculture between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the Republic of Ghana
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the Republic of Ghana on Cooperation in Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)

8.The two Presidents stressed the key role that the African countries, Regional Economic Communities and the African Union must continue to play in the pursuit of peace and security in the African Continent, particularly now in the Horn of Africa, West Africa and the Great Lakes Region. The two leaders discussed the serious threat posed by terrorism and underlined their commitment to fight the scourge together with the international community. They also committed to re-dedicate their efforts to combat transnational crimes through exchange of information and intelligence at both bilateral and multinational levels.

9. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta commended H.E. President John Dramani Mahama for spearheading efforts against the Ebola Virus Disease, in his capacity as Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as his efforts in addressing the challenge that faced the brotherly nation of Burkina Faso. H.E. President John Dramani Mahama applauded H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta for his efforts in peace building in Somalia and South Sudan.

10.H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, on behalf of the people of Kenya, acknowledged the steadfast support of the government and people of the Republic of Ghana to the Government and people of Kenya and thanked H.E President John Dramani Mahama for honouring his invitation to visit Kenya.

11.H.E. President John Dramani Mahama expressed warm appreciation to H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, the people and the government of Kenya, for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to his delegation during the visit.

12.H.E. President John Dramani Mahama extended an invitation to H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta to pay a State Visit to the Republic of Ghana, on a mutually convenient date to be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.

13. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta warmly accepted the invitation.

Issued this 13th? Day of December, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya

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