TZ, Kenya to boost bilateral cooperation on trade, fighting terror

Presidents Kenyatta and Kikwete commissioning Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi highway

Presidents Kenyatta and Kikwete commissioning Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi highway

Tanzania and Kenya have resolved to improve bilateral cooperation on trade, infrastructure development and fighting terrorism among other issues in the spirit of enhancing the East African Community integration.

The development comes after a three day state visit this week by the outgoing Tanzanian leader President Jakaya Kikwete to neighbouring Kenya at the invitation of his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Both leaders with their respective delegations engaged in bilateral talks on trade and business cooperation, fighting terrorism and funding infrastructure that link and benefit the people of the two neighbouring countries.

“The visit has set the stage for Kenya and Tanzania to push existing cooperation to new levels as we shift gear to more areas of collaboration. Our two countries have strengthened their bilateral cooperation in various fields – in trade and investment and in immigration and banking – as we work towards the full integration of the East African Community,” President Kenyatta said Monday.

Addressing a joint sitting of the Kenyan National Assembly shortly before ending his visit on Tuesday, President Kikwete revealed Kenya is his country’s major trading partner.

“Kenya is our largest trading partner with an investment of USD 1.65 billion. In that regard, Kenya is not a competition but a strategic partner,” he told Kenyan lawmakers adding Tanzania is funding an electricity line linking Tanzania and Namanga in Kenya.

Both Kikwete and his host also commissioned the Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi road connecting the two nations. The highway project is jointly funded by the governments of Kenya and Tanzania, and the African Development Bank.

Kikwete also indicated his country has always partnered with Kenya to combat terror, drug and ivory trafficking.