President Ruto has said his administration is determined to increase the number of Kenyans working in South Korea from the current 300 to 10,000 by his next visit to the Asian country.
Ruto, who is on a three-day State visit to South Korea, spoke during a meeting with the Kenyan community in Seoul on Tuesday.
“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.
The president said Kenya will mainly focus on value addition with a view of exporting value-added products to South Korea.
“We must move from processing five 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,” he added.
In a statement, State House said the government plans to strengthen economic ties with South Korea in order to provide business and job possibilities for Kenyans.
Kenya looks to partner with the government of South Korea to expand potential in technology, trade, investment, and maritime activities.
Ruto, who is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Moses Kuria (Trade), Eliud Owalo (ICT), and Alfred Mutua (Foreign and Diaspora Affairs), is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Yoon Suk-Yeol.