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Kenya, South Sudan pen a fibre optic deal to boost trade

Kenya and South Sudan signed the Memorandum of Understanding last week.
Kenya and South Sudan signed the Memorandum of Understanding last week.

Kenya and South Sudan signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week to build a fibre optic connection.

Kenya’s President William Ruto stated that the two countries are working together on infrastructure projects to strengthen regional integration and trade.

Kenya, he continued, is eager to carry out infrastructure projects as part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project (LAPSSET).

The project is aimed at uniting Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan in East Africa. The completion of the LAPSSET Corridor Project will improve the East African region's role as a gateway and transport-logistical hub.

"This is critical in promoting bilateral trade," he said.

Ruto made the remarks on Saturday, at State House in Nairobi, when he met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.

The role of AfCFTA

Kenya and South Sudan, according to Ruto, have also agreed to use the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement to boost bilateral trade.

"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.

Kiir has pledged to expedite the implementation of the accords to reap the economic and social benefits of increasing commerce.

Kenya's cooperation with South Sudan comes as the Kenyan president is leading investor efforts to expand high-speed internet service throughout the country.

According to Ruto, his administration has prioritised the 'digital superhighway' as a major aspect in Kenya's development, job creation, and economic growth.

To that goal, Ruto invited global entities to collaborate with East Africa's greatest economy in boosting high-speed internet access in Kenya.

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