4th JCC Mid-Term Review
By Public Communications Unit
Trade Principal Secretary Alfred K’Ombudo today officially opened the Mid-Term Review of the 4th Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) of Kenya and Tanzania, amidst calls for closer cooperation and strengthening of bilateral ties for guaranteed socio-economic growth of both countries.
Speaking on behalf of his Foreign and Diaspora Affairs counterpart Dr. Abraham Korir Sing’oei, PS K’Ombudo urged the delegates to resolve all outstanding issues including those pertaining to the proposed construction of the natural gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa.
He noted that the recent resolution of 56 Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) effectively contributed to a sharp growth in trade between the two countries, with the volume of trade increasing from Ksh 58.6B in 2020 to Ksh 95.7B in 2021.
In 2021 Kenya exported to Tanzania pharmaceuticals, iron & steel and plastics worth Ksh 45.6B up from Ksh 31.4B in 2020, and imported cereals, wood and edible vegetables valued at Ksh 50.1B up from Ksh 27.2B in 2020.
The three-day JCC meeting is expected to review outcomes of the 4th session, deliberate and propose new areas of cooperation, resolve the remaining 14 NTBs and finalize 10 draft Agreements and MOUs.