Kenya-Ethiopia border trade point to open in Marsabit


The national government is finalising plans to establish another border entry point in Marsabit County in addition to the gazzetted Moyale one-stop border point to facilitate trade and free movement of people between Kenya and Ethiopia.

The idea, which was significantly supported and endorsed by the county government of Marsabit during a consultative meeting with the Border Control and Operation Coordination Committee (BCOCC) yesterday, also seeks to control diseases and stem smuggling along the porous border.

Border Management Secretariat (BMS) Director Kennedy Nyaiyo disclosed that the government has plans to open up 26 new points of entry and exit with its neighbours out of which five would be along the border with Ethiopia.

“Our 897-kilometer border stretch with Ethiopia is served by only one border point at Moyale which cannot adequately take care of the huge trade potential that exists,” said Nyaiyo.

The BMS director said that the government, which has a free trade agreement with Ethiopia was exploring the potential that areas like Forole (Marsabit), Siftu and Malkamari (Wajir) Rhamu (Mandera) and Todanyang (Turkana) on the over 800 kilometres stretch, with the aim of developing them into one-stop border points (OSBPs).

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