Kenya mulls one-stop border posts to spur trade with Ethiopia, Somalia

Source: Xinhua| 2021-11-09 23:32:35|Editor: huaxia

NAIROBI, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) said Tuesday it plans to establish One-Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) at the common land borders to spur regional trade with Ethiopia and Somalia once construction of key road project is completed.

KRA commissioner for Customers and Border Control Lillian Nyawanda said the body will play a key logistical role in the construction of a major road connecting the Horn of African nations.

She said the road, under the banner Horn of Africa Gateway Development Project (HoAGDP) which connects Kenya to Somalia and to Ethiopia has been launched in Isiolo town in east Kenya. "The establishment of the OSBPs is expected to spur growth in import and export trade and thus facilitate legitimate trade and collect the correct revenue," Nyawanda said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have long and porous common borders with many potential locations for developing border posts to facilitate cross border trade, Nyawanda said.

The Horn of Africa region comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia is growing rapidly with the population expected to reach 250 million by 2030, KRA said.

KRA said the initiative offers opportunities to transform the economies of the region through creating an enabling environment for developing their existing potential. Enditem

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