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Key Exports Resume, Detained Goods Cleared as Kenya, Tanzania break barrier

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Kenya and Tanzania have made significant strides in their trade relations, marked by the resumption of key exports and the clearance of previously detained goods at the Namanga border

In a bilateral meeting in Kisumu, co-chaired by Kenya’s CS Rebecca Miano and Tanzania’s Deputy Minister Stephen Byabato, both nations agreed on the resumption of tea exports to Tanzania, clearance of Konyagi spirit at Namanga, and clearance of timber at the Lunga Lunga/Horohoro border point.

In addition, the meeting considered a total of 14 issues, with 6 from the United Republic of Tanzania and 8 from the Republic of Kenya, and provided direction on their resolution.

The meeting also agreed on the holistic harmonization of levies, fees, charges, and other conditions affecting trade between the two countries. Furthermore, it was agreed that a number of issues will be dealt with administratively.

In addition, the meeting deliberated on a total of 14 issues, with 6 originating from the United Republic of Tanzania and 8 from the Republic of Kenya. Directions were provided for their resolution. The meeting also reached a consensus on the holistic harmonization of levies, fees, charges, and other conditions impacting trade between the two nations. It was further agreed that certain issues will be addressed administratively.

 

The meeting also resolved to enhance the monitoring and reporting mechanism on the agreed areas of commitments. It was decided that the next meeting will be held in July 2024 in the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Eighth Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting between the Republic of Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania was held in Kisumu, Kenya from 18th to 22nd March 2024. The meeting was convened to address issues affecting trade between the two nations.

Miano said Presidents William Ruto and Samia Suluhu of Tanzania, affirmed their commitment to strengthen trade, investment, and economic cooperation. “They have directed their respective trade Ministers to address all issues that affect trade with a view of enhancing trade between the two nations,” the CS said.

The meeting also agreed to enhance monitoring and reporting mechanisms on the agreed areas of commitments. The next meeting will be held in July 2024 in the United Republic of Tanzania

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