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REGIONAL HEADS OF STATE MEET IN NAIROBI TO DISCUSS THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR INTEGRATION PROJECTS

Thursday, 11th December 2014
H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Paul Kagame at during the Summit

President Yoweri Museveni, who concluded a 4-day official\r\nto the United Arab Emirates earlier today, is now in Nairobi, Kenya for a\r\nSummit of Heads of State of East Africa Region on the Northern Corridor\r\nIntegration projects. The one day Summit takes place in the Kenyan capital\r\ntomorrow 11th December 2014.

The Northern corridor that centres on transport issues is\r\nintended to link the land locked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and\r\nBurundi to Kenya¡¯s Indian Ocean Port of Mombasa. The corridor arrangements also\r\nserve the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and northern Tanzania.

The Northern Corridor is the busiest and most important\r\ntransport route in East and Central Africa, providing a gateway through Kenya\r\nto the landlocked economies of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DR Congo. It\r\nalso serves Southern Sudan since it broke away from Khartoum. The main\r\nNorthern Corridor transport network is connected to the Port of Mombasa and\r\nincludes a road network; railways; rail-lake transport; inland water routes;\r\ncontainer terminals commonly regarded locally as ICDs (Inland Container\r\nDepots); Tororo Inland Port plus an oil pipeline.

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects is an\r\ninitiative aimed at fast tracking regional development through regional\r\ninfrastructure, trade and political and economic integration. The\r\ninaugural Summit of Northern Corridor nations was held in Entebbe in June 2013,\r\nbringing together Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. Since the first Summit held in\r\nEntebbe in June 2013, a lot has been done in terms of infrastructure, ICT,\r\ntrade, political and economic integration to list the few. 

President Museveni was received on arrival at Jomo\r\nKenyatta International Airport this evening by Senator Charles Keter and the\r\nCommander of Kenya Air Force, Gen. Thuita. Others at the airport to receive the President included\r\nState Minister for International Affairs, Mr. Okello Oryem and Uganda¡¯s High\r\nCommissioner to Kenya, Ms. Angelina Wapakhabulo.

Source: The New Vision

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