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    Kenya-Tanzania agreement signed by Ruto and Samia Suluhu

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    Seven important agreements to strengthen bilateral ties between Kenya and Tanzania were signed by President William Ruto and his Tanzanian counterpart, Samia Suluhu, on Monday, October 10.

    The two leaders attended a joint news conference at State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where they committed to building on the progress made toward lowering trade barriers and strengthening regional cooperation.

    The agreements reached between the two leaders are as follows:


    Suluhu expressed confidence that the two nations will work toward greater harmony and implement measures that strengthen cooperation.

    Areas of the Border

    The two nations’ borders have been successfully established, as confirmed by President Suluhu, who stated that the border’s precise location has been determined. She emphasized that this was not meant as a physical barrier but rather was being done for historical record-keeping.

    Relations in Commerce

    The two nations have made a pact to resolve the outstanding concerns that have been hindering commerce between them. According to President Suluhu, 68 non-tariff obstacles were identified by her government in partnership with previous president Uhuru Kenyatta.

    In contrast, Ruto praised the administration of Suluhu for its efforts to expand commercial ties during the previous year. He said that in the next several months, his government would want to increase those numbers.

    Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC)

    Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) meeting was postponed from August to before the end of the year per an agreement between the two heads of state. Suluhu suggested that the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretaries of both nations meet and reach an understanding.

    Gas Transmission Systems

    In order to speed up the construction of a Ksh100 billion gas pipeline between Dar es Salaam and Mombasa, the two presidents made a joint commitment.

    Ruto urged the relevant parties to move quickly to reduce people’s everyday expenses so that the oil may be used for both industrial and consumer uses.


    The two leaders have pledged to work together to combat transnational crime and stop activities like poaching and human trafficking.


    In his acceptance speech, President Ruto lauded the creation of the East African One Area Network, which he said will facilitate cheaper and more efficient communication, break down obstacles, and foster more commerce and interpersonal ties in the region.

    He also said that Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan were all part in the final negotiations for the agreement. After Tanzania ratified the network, the only remaining step was operationalization, which Ruto hailed as a major accomplishment.

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