1. SDT&ED PS Amb. Johnson Weru during the courtesy call.
2. The Kenyan delegation led by Secretary Trade Dr Bruno Linyiru.
3. Visiting Djibouti Ambassador to Kenya Yacin Elni Bouh with his team.
4. From left Meru County CEC for Trade Ms catherine Wanja Kithinji, Djibouti Ambassador and SDT&ED PS posing for a photograph.
Friday, 19th March 2021
By Public Communications
Kenyan miraa traders have urged the Government to help them source export markets in Djibouti, among other countries, to urgently mitigate the lost market of Somalia.
Through the Meru County CEC for Trade Ms Catherine Wanja Kithinji, the farmers said studies indicated Djibouti has the potential to absorb 20 tonnes of miraa per day, and urged the Government to negotiate a trade pact between the two countries to address the matter.
They also called for the initiation of direct flights from Kenya to Djibouti to transport the highly perishable commodity.
Ms Kithinji noted that the farmers who continue to suffer daily losses from lack of markets for their crop, had already organized themselves into a registered organization named “Miraa Farmers and Traders Cooperative Society” in preparation for export to new markets such as Djibouti, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
They urged the Kenyan Government to fast-track their request as part of efforts to enable them recover financially from the negative effects on the economy brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Kithinji made her plea during a courtesy call by the Djibouti Ambassador to Kenya Yacin Elni Bouh on the Trade & Enterprise Development Principal Secretary Amb. Johnson Weru in his TelPosta Towers office today.
In his response, the PS pledged the Kenya Government’s commitment in expanding and deepening existing bilateral relations with Djibouti saying they will form a technical team to discuss the matter further.
The visiting Ambassador promised to take up the request which is in line with several MoUs signed in 2018 between the two countries aimed at improving the trade, agriculture and vocational training sectors.
Kenya established diplomatic ties with Djibouti on 27th June, 1977 and both countries are founding members of COMESA and IGAD. Djibouti maintains an Embassy in Nairobi while Kenya’s embassy in Addis Ababa is accredited to Djibouti.
The volume of trade between the two countries is low hence the need to establish a Joint Trade and Investment Committee to strengthen economic cooperation between them.