Ethiopia, Kenya sign multi-billion shilling anti-poverty and conflict pact

Kenyan Foreign Affairs Secretary Amina (R)Mohamed and her Ethiopian counterpart  Tedros Adhanom exchanging document after the signing of the deal in Moyale, Kenya. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta looking on

Kenyan Foreign Affairs Secretary Amina (R)Mohamed and her Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom exchanging document after the signing of the deal in Moyale, Kenya. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta looking on

Ethiopia and Kenya have reached a mega development agreement to help develop and pacify border communities in the two bordering nation.

The deal, worth about 20 billion shillings will see infrastructure and peace building projects take root along the Kenya-Ethiopia border, an area that has been dogged by cross border hostilities.

The multi-million dollar agreement was signed Monday by the Kenyan Foreign Affairs Secretary Amina Mohamed and her Ethiopian counterpart  Tedros Adhanom in the Kenyan border town of Moyale.

The signing ceremony was presided over the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn and the Kenyan leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We know that our prosperity and security demand cooperation between the two countries. We have learned from the past: we can no longer make policy about our resources without considering our neighbour’s legitimate interests, and doing what we can to accommodate them,”  President Kenyatta said of the deal adding “That way, we avoid wastage, while building on each other’s strengths. That is what our brotherhood requires of us.”

Premier Desalegn lauded Kenya’s political will to cooperate with neigbouring Ethiopia and vowed to play his role in enhancing the good relations between the two nations.

“The leadership of Kenya has for decades demonstrated its faith in Ethiopia and we are building on that foundation, which was laid down by our forefathers,” Desalegn said.

The UN-backed effort will foster capacity building initiatives like creation of alternative livelihoods, cross-border trade to address poverty and inequality, and education.

The 5 year deal will also fund the construction of health centres, and the creation jobs for the area residents among other things.