In the move to deepen trade and tourism relations between Kenya and Tanzania, Kenya will no longer demand visa and work permit requirements for Tanzanian nationals. This was announced by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, 5th of May during a joint session of the Kenyan and Tanzanian business community in Nairobi, which was attended by the visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu.
This effort is aimed at fast-tracking the implementation of the East African Common Market Protocol allowing workers to move freely in the region, attracting foreign investment, and boosting tourism without compromising national security.
“The objective is to strengthen our two economies by promoting the easy movement of goods and people. We would like to see many investors from Tanzania coming to do business in Kenya. And I want to say this, Tanzanian investors are free to come and do business in Kenya. The only thing you will be required to do is to follow the laid down regulations and the laws that are in place,” said President Kenyatta.
President Suluhu also welcomed Kenyan traders to invest in Tanzania saying the neighbouring country is ready and open for business.