Kenya and Tanzania Set December as the Day to End Trade Disputes
December happens to be the month when Kenya and Tanzania are set to have resolved most of their non-tariff disputes that affect bilateral trade.
The decision came out of a meeting of the Joint Commission on Cooperation (JCC), a bilateral organ comprising of officials from the two countries created to resolve issues affecting areas of cooperation and trade sections that play a critical role in the development of both economies.
The meeting that was held on Tuesday in Nairobi highlighted the fact that the cross-border disputes that have plagued both economies have been resolved and the remaining issues will be highlighted and rolled out in the next four months.
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 meeting was co-chaired by Rachelle Omamo, Foreign Affairs minister Kenya and Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania, while the trade committee was led by Trade Ministers Betty Maina of Kenya and Tanzania’s Prof Kitila Mkumbo.
In June, a month after the official two-day State visit by Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu to Kenya, the committee identified 60 tariff and non-tariff barriers between the two countries where most of them have been solved.