Kenya to abolish visa requirements for Comorians by end of 2023

Kenya to abolish visa requirements for Comorians by end of 2023

President William Ruto speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi when he launched the Boda Boda Empowerment meant to riders drawn from across the country. Photo I PCS

President William Ruto has made a commitment that Kenya will abolish visa requirements for Comorians holding valid travel documents to travel into Kenya by the end of 2023.

This he said during a state visit to Comoros on Thursday to celebrate their 48th Independence Day, where he noted that the move will aid in encouraging free movement of persons between both countries.

"I give you a commitment that Kenya shall abolish the requirement of visas for all persons holding valid travel documents issued by the Union of the Comoros into Kenya, before the end of 2023," he said in his address.

To further foster strong diplomatic relations between Kenya and Comoros, Ruto said that he is committed to hold talks on the education, healthcare, agriculture, and security sectors "to uplift the lives of our citizens and build a better-shared future together."

The free visa regime is expected to improve people-to-people interaction and increase volume of trade between Kenya and Comoros. President Azali also announced the abolition of the requirement of visas for entry into Comoros for all persons holding valid travel documents issued by the Republic of Kenya .

On Education, Mr. Ruto said that there is a consideration to allow students from Comoros to pursue higher education in Kenya and pay the same amount of fees as local students.

President Ruto further offered the government of the Union of the Comoros 100 scholarships.

He added that there is a need to harness any shared potential to create opportunities, foster innovation, and build sustainable economies that have the interests of citizens at the fore. 

"Let us embrace the spirit of solidarity and cooperation, as we work hand in hand to address common challenges, such as climate change, regional security, and economic development," he said.

The Head of State further lauded Comoros for ratifying the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) earlier this year, saying that the move will provide room for expanding trading avenues with Kenya.

He added that the move will help improve economic diplomacy in the African continent. 

"This is why I am taking this opportunity to also extend an invitation to the people of the Union of Comoros to join the East African Community so that we can pursue and achieve prosperity together."


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