Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, who is in Arusha, Tanzania , to attend the 10th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the East African Commu n ity, Tuesday held bilateral talks with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Kagame paid Kibaki a courtesy call at his Presidential Villa, at Ngurdoto Mounta in Lodge, according to the Presidential Press Service.
During the meeting, Kagame informed Kibaki that trade between the two countries had improved tremendously following the removal of visa requirements between the
Kagame expressed his desire to continue facilitating and encouraging free moveme nt of goods and services, cross border investment and speedy implementation of m u tual agreements.
On his part, Kibaki reiterated his Government’s commitment to providing a conduc ive environment to enable citizens of the two countries harness the full potentials of their cooperation.
The Kenyan president expressed satisfaction with the implementation of bilateral agreements signed between the two countries during his state visit to Rwanda la s t year.
Present at the talks were Minister for East African Community Amason Kingi, Perm anent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thuita Mwangi and Kenya’s High Comm i ssioner to Tanzania, Mutinda Mutiso, among other senior government officials fro m both countries.
Kenya and Rwanda are members of the regional trade block – East African Communit y (EAC), a regional body that plans to transform into a political federation.
Other EAC members are Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.