EAC leaders commit to supporting Northern Corridor projects

Presidents Museveni, Kenyatta and Kagame attending the 11th Summit on Northern Corridor Integrated Projects in Nairobi

Presidents Museveni, Kenyatta and Kagame attending the 11th Summit on Northern Corridor Integrated Projects in Nairobi

The leaders of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have reiterated their respective governments’ will to support agreed upon Northern Corridor infrastructure projects.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame and representatives of South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Burundi were in Nairobi attending the 11th Summit on the Northern Corridor Integrated Projects (NCIP) Saturday 17.

President Kenyatta, the host of the summit urged member governments of the Northern Corridor to forge political will and expedite the projects that are already in the pipeline.

Kenyatta particularly called on NCIP partner nations to speed up electricity-related projects for the countries to start trading in power as recommended at the 8th Summit.

The Kenyan leader also invited local private entrepreneurs to cash in on the opportunities that the inter-state partnership will bring forth.

“It is my desire to see local companies bidding for mega projects in this region and delivering on time, and the best quality,” President Kenyatta said in his remarks at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

Kenyatta noted the region’s ailing and outdated transport and communications network was to blame for the incredibly high costs of production. To address this challenge, Kenyatta said infrastructure funding and development is essential.

“Investment in critical infrastructure is, therefore, vital for the overall socio-economic growth and development. Consequently, this calls for more investments in infrastructural development in order to elevate our countries to a level that they can equitably compete with other regions

The Northern Corridor Integrated Projects (NCIP) is purposely meant to connect landlocked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, DRC and parts of northern Tanzania to Kenya’s largest Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.

The three leaders also instructed their respective finance ministers to iron out final details of funding of Mombasa-Kampala-Kigali-Juba railway line mega project with the China-based Exim Bank.