Ethiopia and Kenya announced on Thursday that both agreed to build oil pipe infrastructure that stretched from Kenyan Port, Lamu, to Addis Ababa via Moyale and Hawassa.
The deal was announced at the State House in Nairobi, after a bilateral meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn was concluded.
The new deal has also come a month after Uganda abandoned a similar deal that would have seen her export oil through Kenya.
According to the two governments, the new pipeline, to be launched in December, will move from Nakuru to Addis Ababa.
Kenya signed a deal with Ethiopia on the construction of a pipeline through two routes from Lamu to Addis Ababa.
The new pipeline, whose construction will be launched in December, will move from Nakuru-Isiolo-Moyale-Awasa to Addis Ababa.
The second route will be from Lamu-Isiolo-Moyale-Hawassa. On May 2, 2014, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia signed a deal for the development of the crude oil pipeline on Hoima-Lokichar-Lamu route under the Lapsset program. However, to the dismay of Kenyans, Uganda this year opted to have its oil pass through Tanzania.
During Thursday’s talks, Kenya and Ethiopia agreed on the establishment of a Joint Railway Commission and Project Coordination Committee to help in the implementation of the bilateral agreement signed in March 2012 in Nairobi. Kenyatta and Hailemariam also witnessed the signing of five MoUs between the two countries, according to the joint communiqué released from Kenyan.
The agreements relate to cooperation in the oil and gas sector, health, sports, cross-border cooperation in animal health and sanitary measures and education. Kenyatta said two leaders will meet twice a year to review implementation of the agreements. “Ministers will be meeting quarterly while the technical team will meet every month to ensure progress,” Kenyatta said.
Hailemariam on his part said: “From here, implementation, implementation, implementation are the top three things that we will focus on.”
The two agreed to explore possibilities of launching a Joint Grand Kenya-Ethiopia Marathon to promote cultural cooperation and sports tourism.
Hailemariam invited Kenyatta for a state visit to Ethiopia in the context of the Second High Level Biennial Commission in the first half of 2018.
Kenyatta and Hailemariam reaffirmed their commitment to work together on areas of mutual benefit and cooperate in immigration, information and media, customs, trade, civil aviation and energy.
They also agreed to collaborate on energy, transport, environment, arts and culture, gender and social development, science and technology, co-operatives, housing and urban development and public service.
They stressed the key role that African countries must continue to play in the pursuit of peace and security. While noting the gains made in South Sudan and Somalia, Kenyatta and Hailemariam underlined their commitment to support peace building. [reporter]