President Kenyatta on Monday gifted his Burundi counterpart Evariste Ndayishimiye 50 high-grade cows.
The Friesian heifers were presented to Ndayishimiye at Kisumu State Lodge, where the two held bilateral talks earlier in the day.
Ndayishimiye, who arrived in the country on Monday for a two-day State visit, is the guest of honor at the 58th Madaraka Day celebrations that will be held at Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu on Tuesday.
At the State Lodge, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral agreements on trade and investment to strengthen economic ties between Kenya and Burundi.
The two East African Community (EAC) member states signed deals on agriculture, livestock, and fisheries, public service, foreign affairs, trade, sports, and culture.
Kenyatta and Ndayishimiye directed their respective trade ministers to address barriers inhibiting trade between the two countries, including the use of Lake Victoria as a means of transportation.
The two presidents also agreed to review the 2018 Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation agreement to expedite the implementation of signed deals.
This is President Ndayishimiye’s first State visit to Kenya since coming to office in June 2020. He is accompanied by Burundi First Lady Angeline Ndayubaha.