At a press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday 4 May, presidents Hassan and Kenyatta announced they had agreed on a raft of deals. Among the biggest one is a long-awaited plan to build a 600km cross-border gas pipeline connecting the coastal cities of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Mombasa in Kenya.
The gas pipeline plans have been in the works since at least 2010 but seem to have been put on the back burner as relations between the two countries worsened in the last decade over a multitude of issues.
Improving cross-border relations
In addition to the pipeline, which could cost upwards of $1bn, the two countries also plan to build more interconnecting roads and revive maritime transport on Lake Victoria. The two leaders also signed deals on culture and tourism.
But, by far the most headline-grabbing of them was on trade relations that had worsened under the leadership of Magufuli.
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