Kenya, Uganda pact allows smooth flow of fish exports to DRC

Kenya and Ugandan authorities have signed a bilateral agreement that will facilitate the smooth flow of fish exports from Lake Turkana to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A delegation from Kenya and Uganda led by Kenya Fisheries Principal Secretary Francis Owino and his Ugandan Agriculture counterpart Maj Gen David Kyomukama Saturday witnessed the flagging off of the first trucks at the Busia Customs point in Uganda.

Together with @DrFrancisOwino from the Kenyan Government, Principal Secretary of the Kenyan State Department for Fisheries we have flagged off the first consignments of fish from Lake Turkana. This is the first step in opening up smooth Kenya-Uganda-DRC transit. pic.twitter.com/dUC5mfJP2A

— Maj. Gen. David Kasura-Kyomukama (@PS_MAAIF) June 18, 2022

“We believe that the smooth trade in fish from Lake Turkana, through Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo will not only increase the incomes of traders in the fish and fish products but also contribute to the economies of the 3 countries and East Africa as a region,” said Kyomukama.

Trade-in fish exports to DRC have been going on for many decades though, with intermittent disruptions occasioned by a misunderstanding between Kenya and Uganda on the source of the fish.

The signing of the framework eases the transportation of the commodity through Uganda to DRC without interference.

Today, we have made a major step forward for the Fisheries sub-sector. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our Kenyan counterparts that will allow smooth transit of Fish from Lake turkana in Kenya through Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo. pic.twitter.com/oQjpSjWlEG

— Maj. Gen. David Kasura-Kyomukama (@PS_MAAIF) June 18, 2022

Kenyan fish traders operating in Busia town export fish to eastern parts of upper DR Congo that border Uganda. Their exports end up in Bukavu, Kisangani, Goma and other eastern DR Congo cities.

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