Kenyan President William Ruto says South Sudan and his administration are pursuing joint development projects to enhance regional integration and boost trade.
He said Kenya is keen on implementing the infrastructural projects under the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project (LAPSSET).
The project will enhance connectivity, further integration and boost intra-regional trade for shared prosperity, Ruto explained, adding that: “This is instrumental in supporting bilateral trade.”
President Ruto made the remarks at State House, Nairobi, on Saturday where he held talks with the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir.
The two leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a fiber optic cable along the Eldoret-Juba road. They also agreed to complete the construction of the 11km Nadapal to Nakodok road to boost business between the two nations.
President Ruto also announced that Kenya and South Sudan have agreed to exploit the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement to increase trade between the two nations.
“President Kiir and I had the opportunity to share ideas about collaborating to seize emerging opportunities to improve the trade balance between our two nations,” he said.
President Kiir committed to hastening the implementation of the agreements to unlock the economic and social benefits of increased trade.
In addition, the two leaders discussed peace and security in Africa including the conflict in Sudan. President Kiir pledged to support efforts to de-escalate armed engagements and restore peace in the neighbouring state.
President Ruto lauded the decision by the Government of South Sudan to open its borders to provide asylum, safe passage and protection to people fleeing the conflict in Sudan.