Kenya and Tanzania set December 2021 to pull down trade barriers

Two Eastern African countries, Kenya and Tanzania have set December 2021 to jointly resolve the major barriers affecting smooth trade between them.

The decision was made by the Joint Commission on Cooperation (JCC) set up by both countries, consisting of selected officials from Kenya and Tanzania established purposely to enforce cooperation and unity.

“On trade, the JCC took note of the progress made by the Joint Trade Committee in addressing 30 out of 64 challenges facing bilateral relations and urged the resolution of the remaining 34 issues before the end of December 2021,” the commission said in a meeting held in Nairobi on Tuesday.

In order to enable a swift clearance of goods, Tanzania agreed to install the Single Window System as neighboring Kenya. Local cement production was also earmarked as one of the areas to be given preferential treatment, among many others.

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The two countries equally set up a committee which will be led by Kenya’s Trade ministers, Betty Maina and Tanzania’s Prof Kitila Mkumbo; the purpose of which is to implement mutually beneficial decisions.

The recent meeting of the JCC in Nairobi which was co-chaired by Kenya’s Foreign Affairs ministers Raychelle Omamo and Tanzania’s Liberata Mulamula was a follow-up to the earlier visit by Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu to Kenya.

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