Uhuru off to Rwanda
07 March 2015, 10:34
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta this morning travelled to Kigali, Rwanda to
attend the 9th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit.
The president left the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport just after 9 AM local time.
He was seen off by his Deputy William Ruto and other senior government officials.
Presidents Kenyatta, host Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni and Salva Kiir
will meet at the Serena hotel, Kigali to fast-track implementation of the 14
projects launched under the Northern Corridor Infrastructural Projects
The Northern Corridor Integration Projects
involve four countries; Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan with
Tanzania and Burundi coming in as observers. Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya
came together in June 2013 not only as members of the East African
Community (EAC) but also as countries of the Northern Corridor that
links East Africa and Central Africa to the Port of Mombasa in Kenya.
Among the projects on the corridor include railway, electricity, oil
pipeline and ICT aimed at easing the cost of doing business and boosting
trade among partner states operating under the same Common Market
Other programmes which have been implemented
include the customs integration frameworks and single visas for tourists
in the EAC.
Presidents Kenyatta and Kagame used their
identity cards while travelling to Uganda to attend the 4th summit of
the Northern Corridor integration projects.
national IDs at the exit/entry points by the citizens of the three
partner states creates a borderless region for quicker movement of goods
and people, adding impetus to the momentum of the integration process.
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