President Ruto flies to South Korea tonight

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President Ruto flies to South Korea tonight

President William Ruto is set to fly tonight (Sunday June 2, 2024) to South Korea for an official visit.

This comes a week after his three-day state visit on the invitation of President Joe Biden, where Kenya signed a number of bilateral deals with the US worth billions of shillings.

During the church service in Kimilili, Bungoma County on Sunday, the President stated that he was making numerous international trips aimed at securing improved prospects for the nation.

“After here, I will be flying out tonight to South Korea. I am not going for fun or as a tourist. I am going to work,” he told Bungoma residents.

Ruto is set to participate in the Korea-Summit alongside 48 other Heads of State and government, showcasing a strong diplomatic presence on the international stage.

The President also revealed his intentions to finalize bilateral agreements and secure funding for critical projects after his previous State Visit in 2022 at the invitation of President Yoon Suk Yeol during the Korea-Africa Summit.

“I was there and agreed with the President that we want to have a collaboration of our university in Athi River and one in South Korea and they have given us Ksh40 billion for young people in the creative economy. I will be going to receive those funds,” he stated.

He noted that the projects signified part of a larger plan to support Kenyan youth interested in the creative sector.

“You saw I visited one of the largest creative economy people in America and now we want to have ours here,” he explained.

The President also shared that South Korea acknowledged Kenya’s dry lands and would offer irrigation equipment worth millions of shillings.

Additionally, he assured Kenyan youth of job opportunities during his visit to the Asian nation.

“When we met with the South Korean president, we initiated plans to export our youth and now we are going to sign an agreement to that effect,” he revealed. 

He stated that the deal would involve sending 5,000 to 10,000 Kenyan youth to South Korea in a human capital export initiative.

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