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Moyale, Saturday, July 29, 2017: Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya and a team of officials from the COMESA Secretariat and the Government of Ethiopia last week conducted a 780 kilometers fact-finding road trip from the Capital Addis Ababa to Moyale border.

The objective of the trip was to establish the bottlenecks in trade facilitation that exist at the Moyale Border post which links Kenya and Ethiopia. The team visited the border point on Friday 28 July and met with among others, the Head of the Government of Kenya Border Management Team that comprises all the border agencies Mr. Paul Nyaga.

The Secretary General last visited Moyale 27 years ago, on 8 March 1990, then as Senior Transport Economist at the COMESA Secretariat.

“Apart from the impressive One Stop Border Post infrastructure on both sides of the border is funded by the AfDB, very little has changed with respect to trade facilitation,” the SG observed. “This is the reason why I visited the Ethiopia and Kenya border post.”

Mr. Nyaga who is an official of the Kenya Revenue Authority appreciated the visit which he noted would help COMESA to understand what was happening on the ground and the challenges related to trade facilitation at the border.

Along the road to Moyale from Addis, the entourage noted the progress made in the implementation of the power interconnector between Ethiopia and Kenya. This project is also funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to the tune of $500 million for both countries. It is insured by the Africa Trade Insurance Agency, a COMESA institution.

“The power inter-connector will provide connection with the network in Southern Africa,” the Secretary General said in a dispatch from Ethiopia. The power will come from Gilgel Gibe III Hydro power station in River Omo in Southern Ethiopia. The project is also being implemented on the Kenya side and will provide electricity to country and other States in the region.

In the entourage was Mr. Tesfaye Semere (Government of Ethiopia), Mr. Snowden Mmadi (transport expert) Mr. Berhane Giday (trade facilitation) and Daniel Banda (corporate communications)