Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, last week announced the abolition of entry visas between Mozambique and Kenya.
Speaking at a business forum in Maputo between the two countries, Kenyatta, who was on a state visit, revealed that during their official talks earlier in the day the delegations of the two governments had agreed to scrap entry visas.
“As from now, you can visit your brothers in Kenya”, Kenyatta told the Mozambican business people. “You can go and do business without needing visas”.
The president added that the two governments have agreed to increase the number of flights between the two countries. Both Mozambique Airlines (LAM) and Kenya Airways operate regular flights between Maputo and Nairobi – but the Mozambican authorities were eager to suggest that Kenya Airways could add the northern Mozambican city of Nacala to its schedule.
He further added that Kenya will this year open a consulate in Maputo with the aim of having a full mission next financial year.
Noting that there were seasoned Kiswahili speakers in both Mozambique and Kenya, President Kenyatta said that placed an added responsibility on the two countries to promote Swahili, which is now officially an African Union (AU) language.
The African Union is pursuing an ambitious integration agenda that includes free trade, free movement of persons, a single african sky and common currency among others.
Mozambique and Kenya are among the forty four African countries that signed the agreement to establish a continental free trade area in Rwanda last week.