Ethiopia, Kenya sign road transport service agreement

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Addis Ababa, November 8 (WIC) – Ethiopia and Kenya on Monday signed an agreement on road transport services and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in development, management and utilization of transport corridor.

Diriba Kuma, Minister of Transport of Ethiopia and his Kenyan counterpart, Amos Kimunya, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries.

Diriba on the occasion said the agreement indicates the commitment of the two governments to interconnect themselves through road and rail transport, which will bring and immense socio-economic benefit to both countries.

“The agreement would further cement our multifaceted, historical and traditional bonds of friendship and cooperation,” he indicated.

Amos Kimunya, Minister of Transport of Kenya on his part said the accord is a milestone in our mutual efforts to develop linkage between the two countries.

The completion of the Nairobi-Moyale-Addis Ababa road network will enable our countries to realize the huge potential in our relations particularly in boosting people to people interactions and cross boarder trade, he added.

“This road link is also critical to the fulfillment of the regional integration agenda of the Eastern Africa region, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and beyond,” he said.

Resident Representative of the African Development Bank, Ethiopia Country Office, Washington Wakyendo, said the signing of the accord is a real expression of the two countries’ desire to enhance friendship and to promote economic cooperation on trade, transport and communications.

“The initiative marks an important milestone in efforts to strengthen regional integration which is a key to improving the social and economic welfare of the region,” he noted.