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Tanzanians are free to do business in Kenya without work permits, visas

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Tanzanian investors intending to start a business in Kenya will not be asked for visas or work permits, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.

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This comes as a first step in removing non-tariff barriers between the two countries that were announced on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

“Tanzanians are free to do business without VISAs or work permits if all the laws of the land are complied with,” Said President Kenyatta.

“The East African Community has opened up our borders and opened up opportunities for the free movement of goods, services and goods. Trade within our countries has flourished but we must admit it has not yet reached the level we expect.”

President Kenyatta, who spoke during a business forum attended by Kenyan and Tanzanian businessmen and women, instructed the Kenyan Ministry of Commerce to ensure that all agreements signed between the two countries work.

Read: Kenya, Tanzania Agrees to Remove Apart from Non-Tax Barriers

“The prosperity of our two countries depends on creating a conducive business environment and promoting mutually beneficial trade. Kenya and Tanzania enjoy good relations back to our pre-independence days,” Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta also ordered the release of maize held at the Tanzanian border within two weeks and the Covid-19 testing mediation to reduce congestion.

On the other hand, visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu urged Tanzanian investors to step up their efforts on technological development in Kenya.

“There is an opportunity for Tanzania to use Kenyan technology. I urge Kenyan and Tanzanian investors to establish partnerships. True progress is realized when we grow up together. The private sector is crucial in promoting economic growth, ”he added.

“Tanzania is very committed to seeing a strong private sector that can meet the challenges of the global economy through our industrial development drive.”

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