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Kenya, Tanzania Agrees to Eliminate Non-Tax Barriers –

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Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to remove non-tariff barriers as a preliminary renewal of diplomatic and trade relations that has deteriorated for years.

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Non-tariff barriers refer to barriers arising from restrictions, conditions, or specific market requirements that make imports or shipments of goods difficult and costly.

In a joint statement at the White House in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his visiting counterpart Samia Suluhu agreed to work together to strengthen ties for the benefit of the two countries.

The countries will also have a joint health task force on the Covid-19, which will oversee the smooth flow of trade across borders by accelerating Covid-19 testing.

With a view to promoting trade, we have agreed to address non-tax barriers… Our health ministers should strategize to look at Corona matters quickly, so that businesses can continue. (For commercial purposes, we have agreed to address non-tariff barriers… Our Health Ministers will put in place rapid Covid-19 testing measures, so that business can continue), “Suluhu said.

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Suluhu revealed that Kenya was the largest investor in Tanzania among its East African counterparts with more than 513 projects worth more than Ksh170 billion, employing more than 51,000 Tanzanians.

On the other hand, Tanzania has only 30 projects in Kenya, which President Suluhu promised would increase.

The two countries also signed an agreement to have a gas pipeline from Mombasa to Tanzania, which will be implemented by the two governments.

We have entered into agreements specifically on the gas pipeline from Mombasa to Tanzania. We have also put in place an agreement to strengthen culture and national heritage, a tourism agreement “We have signed an agreement to have a gas pipeline from Mombasa to Tanzania. We have also signed an agreement to strengthen culture, national heritage and tourism),” President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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