President Uhuru, PM Desalegn meet to dicuss partnerships

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will take over the commission implementing the Special Status Ag...

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will take over the commission implementing the Special Status Agreement signed in 2012.

The two will today inaugurate the first High Level Biennial Commission to elevate the Joint Ministerial Commission, a bi-national commission to be convened at the highest level of government.

“The new framework raises the profile of our structured bilateral engagement to the highest level and underscores the commitment of both countries to consolidate our strategic partnership,” State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said.

Desalegn is in Kenya for a three-day state visit.

Esipisu said that in preparation for the state visit, senior officials from Kenya and Ethiopia met in Nairobi since last week.

“The discussions have focused on the speedy implementation of the Special Status Agreement signed by the two governments in November 2012,” Esipisu said.

During today’s summit, the two heads of government will discuss a number of issues, including a review of progress on ongoing Lapsset projects.

The meeting will also discuss energy-related projects and agreements and seek stronger cooperation on border management and reducing human trafficking.

Human trafficking has been a key issue for Kenya, with the authorities arresting a number of Ethiopians in the country illegally.

The summit will also discuss ways of strengthening security cooperation and deepening commitment to regional and international cooperation.

“Kenya and Ethiopia are strategic partners and will use this opportunity to enhance bilateral economic cooperation between both countries, including trade relations,” Esipisu said.

Uhuru and Desalegn will also attend a Kenya-Ethiopia Business Forum in which business leaders will seek to strengthen business-to-business relations.

Ethiopia wants to boost trade with Kenya as currently it is skewed towards Kenya. In 2012, Ethiopia exported $4 million (Sh405 million) worth of goods to Kenya, while Kenya exported $54 million (Sh5.4 billion) to Ethiopia.

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