Kenya and Tanzania have reopened their borders to allow for clear passage on products imported from both countries bring to an end a trading spat that would have derailed the implementation of the East Africa Community (EAC) protocol.
According to a joint statement read by Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga, Kenya will allow free movement of wheat flour and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from Tanzania and Tanzania will lift the ban placed on milk, milk products and cigarettes from Kenya with immediate effect.
“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.
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet secretary Dr Amina Mohamed said they have agreed to form a Standing Joint Technical Committee to resolve other bilateral issues that need to be addressed.
“The committee will be chaired by the two ministers of Foreign Affairs, and will include ministries of East Africa Community, Trade, Finance, Interior, Energy, Agriculture and Transport, Tourism and will incorporate other key government agencies as the need arises,” she said.
Kenya imposed a ban on importation of cooking gas from Tanzania on May 18. Following the move, Tanzania in retaliation had banned overland transport of maize from Zambia into Kenya.