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BY PSCU/NEWSDESK,NAIROBI,7TH MAY 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed on Monday met and agreed on various bilateral agreements touching on trade and regional security.
They include the development of LAPSSET and the Northern Corridor which includes the road network between Isiolo-Moyale through to Addis Ababa and railway from Adis Ababa to Nairobi.
The leaders also agreed to finalize the Kenya-Ethiopia interconnection power transmission line and to jointly supervise and inspect the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo-Moyale and Moyale-Hawassa-Addis Ababa road networks.
“The Kenyan side will facilitate the formal acquisition of land in Lamu Port given to the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian side reiterated its commitment to develop the land for logistical facilitation,” Foreign CS Monica Juma said.
Uhuru and Ahmed encouraged the private sector in their countries to identify potential areas of engagement as they pledged to improve the business environment and create incentives.
Juma said other key areas the leaders agreed on was to strengthen cooperation between Kenya Airways and the Ethiopian Airlines.
Far and large , Kenya will grant Ethiopia a second frequency flight to Mombasa while both sides will enjoy unrestricted marketing of their airlines in the two countries.
Other areas Uhuru and Ahmed reached a deal are the promotion of tourism, cross-border cooperation in social border activities and additional investment in the Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone Project.
The promotion of joint military training and the enhancement of cooperation in Agriculture was also agreed upon.
“The two leaders also agreed that logistic arrangements for the One Stop Border Point be put in place within the next quarter,” Juma said during a press briefing at State House.
She was flanked by the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Wakneh Gebeyehu and other government dignitaries from both countries during the delivery of a joint communique.
Wakneh said an agreement was also reached for Kenya and Ethiopia to equitably share trans-border resources.
Juma said Kenya and Ethiopia also reached a deal over the exchange of prisoners held in their respective prisons.
She said the leaders agreed that formalities over the exchange programme will be formalized within the next seven days.
Uhuru and Ahmed also agreed to intensify their joint efforts in fostering regional peace particularly in troubled South Sudan and Somalia.
“Both leaders acknowledged that al Shabaab continues to pose a significant threat to Somalia and the region. In this regard, they expressed concern at the complete lukewarm international support for Somalia,” Wakneh said.
He said support for Somalia will include training its armed forces and additional provisional forces to AMISOM.
Further, he said Uhuru and Ahmed agreed to promote cross-border trade between communities living across the borders of the two countries.
They also agreed to combine efforts in championing for the two countries’ representation in leadership positions in bodies like the UN Security Council.
“In this regard, Ethiopia pleads to support Kenya’s bid for the non-government seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2021-2022,” Wakneh said.
He said the two leaders will introduce an implementation framework for the agreed Memorandum of Understanding and mid-term review mechanism to facilitate robust monitoring of the agreed areas.