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Djibouti officials fail to show up for miraa trade talks

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Djiboutian officials fail to show up for miraa trade talks


A Miraa merchant shows his harvest. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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  • Kenya’s quest to export looks to Djibouti to offset Somalia’s market woes has hit a snag after officials from the Horn of Africa country failed to show up for a scheduled meeting.
  • Djiboutian officials were due to visit Kenya in August after their counterparts from the Ministry of Commerce and Meru County went to the county in search of a new market.

Kenya’s quest to export looks to Djibouti to offset Somalia’s market woes has hit a snag after officials from the Horn of Africa country failed to show up for a scheduled meeting in August.

Djiboutian officials were due to visit Kenya in August after their counterparts from the Ministry of Commerce and Meru County went to the county in search of a new market.

However, officials did not come forward with interested parties blaming Ethiopia given that Djibouti is a key market for Addis Ababa.

“It is as if we are losing the Djibouti market because officials from that country did not show up in August as planned,” said Nyambene Miraa (Nyamita) Merchants Association President Kimathi Munjuri.

The Djibouti market is an initiative of the Meru County government, which through the Ministry of Commerce is promoting this access after Kenya lost the 16 million daily market in Somalia.

Munjuri said Djibouti was the next big market for Kenyan miraa after the fighting between Kenya and Somalia escalated for a long time and traders were unable to access the market for almost two years.

The official said that the Somalia market is no longer sustainable and that Kenya has to seek new markets elsewhere, as the political tension in Mogadishu between the president and the prime minister, coupled with this week’s ruling on the maritime border between Kenya and Somalia, it will further complicate access. to that market.

Somalia currently allows Ethiopia to export its khat to the country, technically leaving Kenya out of this crucial market.

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