The government will expand economic ties with South Korea to create business and job opportunities for Kenyans, President Ruto has said.
He said Kenya will engage the South Korean Government to unlock opportunities in technology, trade, investment and maritime operations.
“We have about 300 Kenyans in South Korea, the next time I come to South Korea I hope we will have 10,000 Kenyan youth working here,” he said.
Speaking in Seoul, South Korea, during a meeting with the Kenya Community in Korea, President Ruto said bilateral talks will also focus on securing markets for Kenyan products.
The Head of State said Kenya will focus on value addition with a view to exporting value-added products.
“We must move from processing 5 percent of our tea to 50 percent in the next five years and in 10 years time we should be able to process every gram of tea grown in Kenya.”
Ruto is in South Korea for a three-day official visit at the invitation of his counterpart Yoon Suk Yeol.
President Ruto said Kenya is keen on expanding economic ties with the East Asian nation and exploring areas of cooperation, especially in ICT, education, pharmaceutical and infrastructure.
The visit is also expected to open up job opportunities for tech-savvy youth in both countries.