Kenya signs landmark pact to collect taxes for Somalia
Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya will begin to collect revenue on behalf of the Somali
government on all exports and imports into Somalia, following the signing of a
landmark agreem ent which would see Nairobi train Somali customs officers,
officials said here.
Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetang'ula and Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister
Sharif Adan, also Somali’s Finance Minister, signed the agreement on 18 March,
2009 offering the new Somali government o ne of the foremost institutions
that it has lacked for ages.
Kenya’s Revenue Authority (KRA) will offer revenue officers to retrieve revenue
on behalf of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) at various exit
points within the Kenyan territory to bolster e fforts to set up a stronger
“Kenya will provide training opportunities to Somalia civil servants in
personnel, revenue collection, security and related fields,” Wetang'ula said in
a statement obtained here Friday.
The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday
in which Kenya is also offering to provide more technical assistance to the new
Somali government to set up institutional structures and other arms of
Somalia has a parliament of more than 500 members, mostly bringing together memb
ers of the former Islamist Movement, the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts,
members of the TFG, the civil society and former prominent wa rlords and their
Somali President Shariff Sheikh Ahmed met Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on 9
March on his first official foreign trip since assuming his top post as the
leader of Somalia, to discuss technical issues relating to the running of his
government in Nairobi.
Wetang’ula expressed optimism on the benefits of the MOU, and said it would
address the problems facing the common Somalia civilians.
Under the technical and humanitarian assistance, Kenya will facilitate the TFG w
ith the establishment of government structures, institution and capacity
Wetang’ula said goods from Kenya bound for Somalia would be taxed on behalf of t
he TFG at three exit points before leaving the country.
Wilson Airport, Nairobi’s busiest airport serving regional flights which also ha
ndles the bulk of air traffic to Somalia, Mandera and Liboi border points, will
be staffed with personnel from KRA and revenue officers from Somalia.
The two countries also formed a joint technical advisory team which will address
the immediate needs and ensure implementation of the provisions covered in the
The deal between the two states comes three years after a similar one was signed
between the states on Technical and Economic Agreement in 2005.
The two countries then pledged to cooperate on areas of mutual interest, that is
, security, immigration and technical assistance.
Kenyan officials have emphasized on the importance of empowering the people of S
omalia to run their country, insisting that the collection of tax is important
as it is the cornerstone for operation in any government.
Wetang'ula reiterated the crucial importance of assisting the Somalis achieve ab
solute control of their government, since it will boost security in the region,
besides improving the quality of life for all citizens of Somalia.
Nairobi - 20/03/2009