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In a significant move towards strengthening economic relations, Kenya and Zimbabwe have recently signed a series of strategic agreements aimed at fostering trade, investment, and sectoral development.

The Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) meeting held in Harare, Zimbabwe, served as the platform for these crucial agreements, signaling a new chapter in the partnership between the two nations.

Economic Collaboration

Key areas of collaboration include standards and quality assurance, transport infrastructure, investment promotion, and agriculture and livestock development.

  • The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) have committed to elevating standards and capabilities through the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge.
  • Both countries will cooperate in developing road transport infrastructure, with a focus on attracting private sector investment.
  • Efforts to strengthen economic ties and attract foreign direct investment will be facilitated through cooperation between the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA).
  • Collaboration in agriculture and livestock development aims to enhance food security through technological advancement and research.
  • Social Development Initiatives

In addition to economic cooperation, Kenya and Zimbabwe have prioritized social development and human capital enhancement through agreements in basic education and research, the health sector, and public service capacity building.

Operationalizing Agreements and Future Plans

To ensure effective implementation, Joint Technical Committees will be established for monitoring and evaluation. The transition from the JPCC to a Bi-national Commission signifies a deeper commitment to bilateral engagement and cooperation.

As Kenya and Zimbabwe accelerate the implementation of existing agreements and explore new avenues of collaboration, the stage is set for significant progress and mutual prosperity in the region.

By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

29th April, 2024

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