June 17, 2019

Kenya, Tanzania lift trade restrictions

Kenya and Tanzania have lifted bans placed on products imported from both nations.

The move means that the cross-border trade between the two countries will continue without hitches.

Kenya will allow free movement of wheat flour and Liquefied Petroleum gas from Tanzania with immediate effect.

According to Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga, the country will lift the ban placed on milk, milk products and cigarettes from Kenya.

“The United Republic of Tanzania will lift restrictions on milk and milk products and cigarettes manufactured in Kenya with immediate effect. The Republic of Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania will lift any other restrictions that affect products and services exchanged between the two countries,” he said.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed noted that a Standing Joint Technical Committee will be formed to deal with arising matters.

“The Committee will be chaired by the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs and will comprise of the Ministries of EAC, Trade, Finance, Interior, Energy, Agriculture, Transport and Tourism and will incorporate other key government agencies as the need arises,” the CS said.

The decision to lift the bans was arrived at following a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli.

Magufuli and Uhuru stepped in at the beginning of July to sort out the trade war between the two countries.

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