Africa: Ethiopia and Kenya to Open Skies as more link Projects set to come together

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In order to accelerate the development of the aviation sectors of both countries, Ethiopia and Kenya have both agreed to grant unrestricted marketing rights to their national carriers.

he aim is to fast-track the development of aviation sectors in the neighbouring countries, which marks a significant change in Ethiopia’s protectionist policy regarding its national airline.

According to a report by eastafricamonitor.com, both countries are also putting modalities in lace to link other major projects between them.

It reported that Ethiopia and Kenya on Monday revisited plans for a series of mega link infrastructure projects between the neighbouring countries.

Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed met with Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta on his first tour of the country since becoming PM, where the two leaders discussed accelerating development plans similar to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was agreed two years ago but never implemented.

“They committed to the development of Lapsset, the Northern Corridor including road network between Isiolo, Moyale through to Addis Ababa and the railway from Addis Ababa to Nairobi,” a joint statement said on Monday.

“Both sides agreed to finalise the Ethiopia-Kenya interconnection transmission line. Both sides agreed to jointly supervise and inspect the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo-Moyale and Moyale-Hawassa-Addis Ababa road networks.”

The Lapsset project was launched in 2012 but funding issues have restricted progress and now Ahmed and Kenyatta are calling on private corporations to take a more active role in the project.

“The two leaders strongly encouraged members of their respective private sectors to identify potential areas for engagement and pledged to continue improving the business environment and create maximum incentives for successful commerce,” the same statement said.

Aside from mega link projects, Ethiopia and Kenya’s leaders also announced new plans for inclusive development strategies. This includes reducing restrictions on trade across the border and allowing companies to market to audiences in both countries.

Primarily, Ethiopia and Kenya’s national airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways, will be permitted unrestricted marketing rights in both territories. The aim is to fast-track the development of aviation sectors in the neighbouring countries, which marks a significant change in Ethiopia’s protectionist policy regarding its national airline.

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