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Cross-border small traders to gain from deal - 9 months ago, 24 June 13:16

Kazungu Samuel

Seven Horn of Africa countries have signed an agreement to allow informal traders to operate freely across their borders.

The Informal Cross-Border Trade (ICBT) and Cross-Border Security Governance (CBSG) will allow traders in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development region to operate without being harassed by security personnel.

Ministers from the Igad countries inked the deal at Serena Hotel in Mombasa on Thursday. They were Hassan Houmed Ibrahim (Djibouti), Moses Hassan Ayat (South Sudan), Hatim Elsir Sikaingo (Sudan), Amelia Kyambadde (Uganda), Mohamed Abdi Hayir (Somalia) and Adan Mohamed (Kenya).

Ethiopia’s Trade Minister Melaku Alebel was represented by the country’s ambassador to Kenya Dina Mufti.

Kenya’s Mohamed said the initiative is expected to bring more focus on cross-border trade among member states.

“All the trade ministers who were here deliberated on the work that was produced by the committee of experts on what we need to do to deal with the cross-border trade. The focus of this ...
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