Kenya, Tanzania Agree To Enhance Trade Ties

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Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to remove barriers to cross-border trade to improve their bilateral relations.

The agreement was signed on Monday, October 10, 2020, after Kenya's President William Ruto held bilateral talks with his Tanzanian counterpart, Suluhu Samia, at the Tanzanian State House.

The two leaders stated that eliminating trade barriers will avert poverty and spur economic growth in the region.

"In total, our experts identified 68 barriers which were reviewed, and 54 non-tariff barriers were removed, and now we want our cabinet secretaries to deal with the remaining 14 to ensure there is freewill to trade," said President Samia.

On his part, Ruto said Trade Cabinet Secretaries of the two countries will be meeting to do away with the barriers that he said have locked trade in East Africa.

"Once Cabinet Secretaries are approved by Parliament, those concerned with EAC issues will meet their Tanzania counterparts to fix the outstanding barriers to improve the business environment," said President Ruto.

The two countries agreed to start working on a gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa and later reroute to Nairobi.

President Suluhu said respective technocrats had been directed to start working on implementing the gas project.

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