The Kenyan president begins a two-day state visit to South Africa
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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, second from left, reviews a guard of honor during his reception in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Kenyatta is in South Africa on a state visit to discuss political and economic issues. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Pretoria — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received President Cyril Ramaphosa to start a two-day state visit to South Africa.
Ramaphosa met Kenyatta at his offices in the Federation buildings on Tuesday as the two leaders held a press conference.
While in South Africa, Kenyatta will visit the Aspen Pharmacare plant in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) on Wednesday to see the production of COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson there. The facility assembles J&J vaccines and can produce approximately 220 million doses of J&J vaccines annually, many of which are exported throughout Africa.
Kenya is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners in Africa outside of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community.
South Africa exported goods worth about $500 million to Kenya in 2020, compared to imports of about $22 million, according to official statistics. More than 60 South African companies operate in Kenya.
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