Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on inaugurated a one One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) located in Moyale town on the border of the two countries. The two leaders also inaugurated the 500 Kilometer Hawassa-Hagere Mariam-Moyale Road, which is part of the Trans African Highway and a key segment of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa transport corridor.
Speaking in Moyale town on the Ethiopian side of the border, President Kenyatta urged traders from both countries to utilize the new infrastructure to boost cross-border trade. He said Kenya is keen on deepening partnership with Ethiopia in the roll-out of joint infrastructure projects. President Kenyatta added that the initiatives are aimed at deepening the strong bilateral ties that exist between the two countries.
The two leaders called for peaceful co-existence among the border communities, saying authorities will not relent in efforts to ensure lasting peace and tranquility along the common border. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hailed the transport infrastructure projects saying the road project, in particular, was achieved because of unity between the two countries. He added that the new infrastructure will help the two nations in boosting business, trade, and tourism.
The two leaders later inspected the ongoing developments at the new 32-berth Lamu Port along the Kenyan Indian Ocean Coast where the first three berths are under construction. The new port is the anchor investment for the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor. It is envisaged that the project will open up and expand not just Kenyan but also the regional economy.