DAR ES SALAAM
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian president John Magufuli
and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday
directed their ministers to resolve disputes affecting
trade between the two East African countries.
A statement by the Directorate of
Presidential Communication at State House in Dar es
Salaam said the two leaders directed the ministers to
resolve the trade dispute in the Ugandan capital Kampala
shortly before the start of the East African Community (EAC)
heads of state summit.
The statement said Magufuli and
Kenyatta were keen on seeking thriving trade between the
two neighbors, adding that the leaders were disappointed
to learn that the dispute arose from very minor issues.
Earlier this month, the two countries
agreed to end their trade disputes, paving the way for
increase in intra-EAC trade.
The two countries have had a bumpy
trade relation in the last few years, culminating in a
significant drop of Kenya’s exports to Tanzania by 60
percent in the first six months in 2017, according to
data published by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).
Trade between Kenya and Tanzania
constitutes over 45 percent of the entire trade within
the EAC, data from the Kenya Economic Survey 2017 shows.