Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President William Ruto undertake a tour of the KETRACO Converter Station

Ethiopia and Kenya Eye Enhanced Economic Ties

Ethiopian and Kenyan leaders are pushing to leverage the cordial relations between the two neighboring nations to enhance trade and investment.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is on a three-day State visit to Kenya, where he and his delegation were welcomed by President William Ruto on Monday.

The visit follows the signing of preliminary agreements between the two countries to expedite the cooperation on seven key areas.

Abiy and Ruto held discussions on bilateral and regional issues in Nairobi where both leaders pledged to deepen the economic ties between Ethiopia and Kenya, per the PM Office.

Prime Minister Abiy said the strong bilateral relations will be pivotal in expediting the realization of ambitious economic plans of both nations.

He added: “Our comprehensive discussions today have not only strengthened our existing ties but also highlighted key areas for future collaboration.”

“As neighbors sharing a unified vision and destiny, our commitment to working together remains steadfast.”

Later, Abiy and Ruto inspected the KETRACO Converter Station in Suswa, Kajiado County.

The sub-station facilitates cross-border transfer of power between Kenya and Ethiopia, and soon with Tanzania, via the 400kV Isinya Substation.

This project aims to provide reliable and affordable energy from a regional resource base, allowing access to clean regional energy and reducing pollution and vulnerability to climate change.

It will increase the volume of power supply at a lower tariff, thus reducing the cost of electricity in Kenya by more than KSh90 million average bulk purchase cost.

“Our special focus on expanded distribution of clean regional energy will boost commerce, check pollution, and strengthen climate resilience,” President Ruto said.

The visit comes a week after the 36th meeting of the Ethiopia-Kenya Joint Ministerial Commission in Addis Ababa.

The JMC ended with the signing of seven Memoranda of Understanding aimed at enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

They include cooperation in cultural development, tourism and wildlife, the blue economy, correctional services, petroleum and energy development, and capacity building in the public service.

President William Ruto said the two nations are keen on strengthening partnerships that will boost their quest for rapid economic transformation and shared prosperity.

“I believe that we are now ready to take the next step in making the Kenya-Ethiopia partnership a beacon of transformative possibility and a force of good in our region and our continent,” Ruto noted.