United States Partnership Increases Border and Trade Security between Kenya and Tanzania

Ambassador McCarter uses a videoscope from a contraband detection kit provided by the EXBS program to detect concealed goods in hard-to-reach places.

United States Partnership Increases Border and Trade Security between Kenya and Tanzania

Nairobi, Kenya, November 8, 2019 – Ambassador Kyle McCarter visited the Taita Taveta One Stop Border Post (OSBP) on November 8, 2019 and met with border officials to discuss how the United States government partnership with Kenya has improved border and trade security.

Through the Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Program, the United States continues to work with Kenya to improve its security measures at the border.  In the last year alone, EXBS held two trainings for customs and law enforcement officials from eight Kenyan border posts on measures to detect and interdict illicit material crossing Kenya’s borders.

“This is just one more great example of the friendship between the USA and Kenya, technology and teamwork delivering security for the wananchi,” Ambassador McCarter said.

In addition, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), a trade infrastructure project, constructed the Taita Taveta OSBP with the goal of reducing time and cost of doing business across East Africa.

The Taita Taveta OSBP was the first to be launched and combines and consolidates Kenyan and Tanzanian national border control processing functions in a shared space for cross-border movements.  Ultimately, OSBPs enable joint controls that improve security and trade facilitation.

For more information contact:

Jim Onyango

ongowoJO@state.gov