Kenya Signs Deal With Ethiopia in 7 Strategic Areas

Kenya and Ethiopia have signed deals in seven areas in a strategic framework agreement.

The deals were signed during the 36th Ethiopia-Kenya Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Both countries agreed to resolve trade barriers, among them addressing tariff and non-tariff obstacles that hinder the expansion of trade between the two partners.

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi witnessed Kenya sign deals in areas of Tourism, Wildlife, Culture and Blue Economy.

Other areas are petroleum, Correctional Services and Capacity Building in Public Service.

Mudavadi co-chaired the JMC with Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie.

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Ambassador Selassie of Ethiopia assured Ethiopia’s commitment to peace and prosperity.

  1. Parliamentary Diplomacy:

The two sides agreed to promote parliamentary diplomacy through exchange visits by the speakers of Kenya’s National Assembly and Ethiopia’s House of Peoples Representatives.

  1. Regional and Global Cooperation:

The 36th JMC provided an opportunity for Kenya and Ethiopia to enhance their cooperation in regional and global issues of mutual interest.

  1. Historical Ties and Prosperity:

Established in 1963, the JMC aims to deepen the historical ties between the two countries and promote the prosperity of their people.

  1. Implementation and Monitoring:

The agreed minutes set the stage for the implementation of decisions with far-reaching impacts on bilateral ties.

Both sides committed to time-bound monitoring, including a midterm review hosted by Kenya in February 2025, to assess progress and prepare for the next JMC in 2026.


  • The Kenyan delegation included Amb. George Orina, Kenya’s envoy in Addis and Mr. Chimwaga Mongo, Secretary, State Department for Roads.
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