NAIROBI– The government of Turkana County in northern Kenya and the South Sudan government are in the process of setting up a market at Nadapal along the Kenya-South Sudan border to promote trade between members of the Turkana and Toposa communities from the two sides.
Turkana County Executive for Trade, Gender and Youth Affairs Anthony Apalia said Tuesday that the market would also foster peace between the two communities who have sometimes been in conflict.
We have toured the Nadapal site and we intend to tour the other side in South Sudan before we settle on the market site but as it stands, the Kenyan side has more potential because of the road that is being constructed to open up the area, said Apalia.
The Kenya National Highway Authority has started construction of the Kainuk-Lodwar-Nadapal road which has eased movement of goods and people even before its completion.
The County Executive added that the two communities would be brought on board before the final agreements to put up the market are concluded. The Kenyan government has also opened a Kenya Revenue Authority office at Nadapal.
Kenyan traders supply maize flour, vegetables and potatoes to their counterparts in South Sudan who in turn sell them livestock at very affordable prices, added the County Executive.
Apalia, however, lamented that most goods from Kenya are being barred from going to South Sudan by KRA officers, adding that the county government was awaiting an explanation on the matter.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK