Many years of internecine conflict is being replaced by a new narrative of peace along the Kenya-Ethiopia border.
With such clashes being the dominant motif in the region, leaders from the two countries have become frustrated by adverse impacts on trade, not just along their border but on wider regional integration and development between the two countries.
While Ethiopia is known for its agro-based industries such as leather and coffee, Kenya has a relatively advanced manufacturing and tourism sectors, with collaboration between the two capable of developing strong regional value chains.
It is this dormant strength and potential that led the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya, in partnership with IGAD, the European Union and the United Nations, to establish an integrated cross-border initiative to foster peace and sustainable development around Marsabit County in Kenya and Borana/Dawa Zones of Ethiopia.
While the historic agreement between Ethiopia and Kenya was witnessed by the leaders of the two countries at a high-profile event in Moyale, a recent peace conference held in Addis Ababa from 17 to 18 April 2018 was a clear sign that the serious business of facing up to the root causes of violent conflict and vulnerabilities is truly on.
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