Kenya and Tanzania Pledge Support for Common Markets Protocol

Kenya's President Kibaki - Support for common market

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki  and his Tanzania counterpart Jarkaya Kikwete have welcomed a monumental developments taking place in the East African Community and pledged their full support for the Common Markets Protocol that comes into force on July 1st 2010.

In a meeting held at President Kibaki office at state House ,he observed that the East Africa Community Common Market Protocol which has been ratified by the member states will facilitate free flow of goods and people within the region and enhance trade relations for mutual benefits of the people in the region The President affirmed that implementation of the Protocol will attract more investors in the region for the people to reap the benefits of increased market access.

The President Kibaki said Kenya and Tanzania continue to enjoy cordial relations and will remain proactive in exploring new frontiers for cooperation to further strengthen the vibrant trade relations between the two countries.

The President also welcomed the recent developments in the Energy sector, which he said facilitated the launch of the master plan to build interconnectivity of power systems between Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia and eventually the entire region.

President Kibaki and President Kikwete, who discussed diverse areas of mutual interest between the two countries, noted with gratitude the tremendous progress made on the Arusha-Namanga-Athi River highway and promised to do everything possible to complete the project.

President Kikwete is in the country to address a special sitting of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) at Parliament buildings.

The Regional Assembly, sitting in Nairobi for two days from Monday and Mombasa from 27th May to 4th June, was officially opened by President Kibaki.

During its sittings in Nairobi and Mombasa, the regional Assembly will launch the 2011-2012 strategic plan and debate the Aviation Bill among other Agendas.

President Kikwete is accompanied by his Minister for East Africa Mr. Diodorus Kamala and the Tanzania High Commission to Kenya Mrs. Nyasura Kadege among other senior officials.

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