DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (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
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
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
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.