After the break of the former EAC, the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1983. Kenya’s first High Commissioner to Tanzania was appointed in 1984. Since then diplomatic relations have grown in strength as evidenced by the exchange of visits at the high level over the years. In addition to cooperation within the East African Community framework, the two countries have endeavored to fast track bilateral relations through a Joint Commission for Cooperation. The agreement for the establishment of the Commission was signed in 1988 by former Presidents Daniel Arap Moi and Ali Hassan Mwinyi. However, it was only in 2009 that we were able to rekindle this noble initiative. The first meeting of the Joint Commission was held in September 2009 in Arusha. The two countries agreed to cooperate in nearly sectors ranging from security to economic matters. As we speak now the various sectors of the two countries are working to come up with bilateral cooperation frameworks. Trade and investments between our two countries have grown tremendously in the past few years. Tanzania is one Kenya’s major trading partners.
The East African Community has made tremendous milestones since its relaunch in 1999. In 2005 the Customs Union came into effect and became fully fledged on 1st January 2010. The Common Market Protocol signed in November 2009 entered into force in July 2010. The Common Market has ushered in a new era of opportunities for East Africans. A number of legal requirements such as the harmonization of national laws to conform to the expectations of the Common Market are now being undertaken by individual Partner States. Already, the Community is working on the other aspects of its cooperation roadmap. Negotiations on the establishment of the Monetary Union have commenced while background work has been initiated with regard to the political federation.