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List of 8 things President Samia, Uhuru agreed on her day 1 visit to Kenya

By Bosco Marita
Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Samia Suluhu during state visit to Kenya
President Samia Suluhu with her Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, May 4 during President Suluhu's state visit: Photo/State House Kenya
In summary
    • Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Kenya on Tuesday morning for her two-day official visit.
    • She held a 2-hour meeting with President Uhuru at State House.
    • The meeting majorly focused on uniting the two countries and boosting the economy.

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Kenya on Tuesday morning for her two-day official visit.

She was welcomed in the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. She inspected a guard of honour and was accorded a 21-gun salute as a show of respect for her maiden visit.

President Samia, thereafter, held a 2-hour meeting with President Uhuru together with their delegation.

The two Head of States, after the meeting, held a joint presser where they opened up on the outcome of their deliberations.

The meeting majorly focused on uniting the two countries and boosting the economy.

Things agreed on

The two presidents agreed on re-energising the Joint Commission of Cooperation to strengthen relations between the two nations.

Ministers from the two countries were directed to meet regularly to bolster relations.

At the same time, the two presidents agreed on the relaxation of business restrictions, save for the tax-related ones, to encourage investments in the two nations.

On Covid-19, the two Head of States directed health ministers from the two countries to deliberate on modalities that will enhance efficient movement of people across the borderline, in light of the disease. Timely testing for Covid-19 was mentioned to eliminate delays.

The two also agreed on easing the movement of people and goods across Lake Victoria to enhance business among residents of the two nations.

The two leaders at the same time signed a memorandum that will see a gas pipeline built from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa to lower energy costs.

President Samia assured her counterpart that Tanzanian investors will now set bases in Kenya, to start businesses and grow the economy.

She regretted that only 30 Tanzanian companies employing 2,600 Kenyans and worth about Sh19 billion have been established in the country, yet more Kenyan-owned businesses exist in Tanzania.

513 Kenyan companies worth $1.7 billion have invested in Tanzania and employed about 51,000 Tanzanians.

The meeting also saw President Uhuru invited as the guest of honour during Tanzania's 60th year of independence on December 9th.

To boost East African Community (EAC), the two leaders agreed to push member states to remit their contributions.

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