Kenya and Ethiopia open new border post to boost economic ties

Part of the 500 km road connecting Addis Ababa and Nairobi

At a ceremony held on Wednesday, December 9th, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Ethiopia) and President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), inaugurated a new one stop border post at the border in the town of Moyale. The post is going to be part of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa trade corridor.

The corridor is going to be linked by the Hawassa-Moyale (Ethiopia) road project and the Isiolo-Moyale (Kenya) road project.

Prime Minister Abiy noted that the new border post is going to reduce the time and financial cost of transporting and trading goods across the borders of the two nations. With the alignment of working days, hours, processes and formalities that the post allows, economic ties between the two countries, that are already strong, are going to get a boost according to the Prime Minister.

The Kenyan government had also assembled a guard of honor meant to serve the road as well as aid in current security efforts in Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy inspected this guard before being given a tour of shipping and storage facilities at the post.

A 500 km highway linking the capitals of the two nations was also inaugurated at the ceremony. The two leaders are also expected to travel to Lamu County to evaluate ongoing construction of the Lamu port in South East Kenya.

Africa News, Business Daily Africa, ENA

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