Return of free trade as Kenya-Tanzania hassle ends

Trucks wait to cross into Tanzania from Kenya at the Namanga border post. © Photo: RR

Casablanca, (ADV, with agencies) – Kenyan officials have announced the end of the long-running trade dispute with Tanzania following a bilateral meeting between the two states in Dar es Salaam.

The move will see Kenya-made goods such as textiles, which had been denied preferential access, get to the Tanzanian market with much ease.

Kenyan Trade PS Chris Kiptoo held talks with his Tanzanian counterpart Elisante ole Gabriel to resolve the standoff.

“The two partner states have called for effective and timely implementation of agreements made during bilateral meetings with a view to ease the flow of goods and services,” reads a joint communique.

Tanzania also argued that the fact that Nairobi allowed manufacturers at the EPZs to offload their final textile products in the local market had hindered similar goods from Tanzania from being competitive in the Kenyan market.

Bur-csa – ADV, with agencies