Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday launched two key infrastructure projects in northern Kenya to help boost trade between the two neighbouring countries.
Kenyatta and Ahmed inaugurated the Moyale One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) and the 500-km Hawassa-Hagere Mariam-Moyale road which is part of the Trans African Highway and a key segment of Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa transport corridor.
Ahmed, who spoke during meetings on both sides of the border, said the new Moyale OSBP will help expedite movement of goods and persons across the Kenya-Ethiopia border.
“This artificial border, in my opinion, will be dismantled with the new infrastructure. The new infrastructure will bring the two families together and tap the potential and opportunities of business and economy,” Ahmed said according to a statement from Kenyan presidency.
The Moyale one stop border post & the Hawassa – Moyale road projects are a key ingredient for regional economic integration. Targeted investments in infrastructure & institutional collaboration are critical to strengthening trade ties. This is another new chapter for East Africa. pic.twitter.com/D1t8LQEMrA
— Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) December 9, 2020
The Ethiopian PM said Kenya and Ethiopia will continue working together on infrastructure and in maintenance of peace and security along the border region.