Kenya and Ethiopia to launch border peace programme


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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn are expected to launch a major programme to ensure peace along the Kenya-Ethiopia border on Monday.

The ‘Marsabit County/Kenya-Borana zone/Ethiopia Integrated Cross Border and Area-based Programme’ is to be launched in Moyale Town.

UN resident coordinators Nardos Bekele-Thomas (Kenya), Ahunna Eziakonwa (Ethiopia) and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) executive secretary Mahboub Maalim said the main objective of the initiative was to “achieve transformational change through strategic and integrated responses.”

In a statement, the three said the initiative will replace fragmented and piecemeal support and jointly assist the region in reducing vulnerability, increase resilience and promote inclusive economic growth in Marsabit County and the Borana Zone.

The programme is spearheaded by the local and national governments of Ethiopia and Kenya, the UN country teams of Ethiopia and Kenya and IGAD in collaboration with government ministries, the private sector and development partners.

Ms Bekele-Thomas, Ms Eziakonwa and Mr Maalim said the cross border initiative was expected to create opportunities for trade, investment and tourism and ensure effective use and management of natural resources.

It will also improve infrastructure through Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopian Transport corridor (LAPSSET), control cross-border conflict and enhance cross-border movement of people and curb illegal human and arms trafficking.

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