Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit kicks off in Nairobi

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NAIROBI, Kenya

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP)  Summit has kicked off in Nairobi this morning.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) (left) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda) (right), arrive for the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Integration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The conference being hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta is being attended by Presidents Yoweri Museveni  of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda while President Salva Kiir of South Sudan is represented by a special envoy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Rwanda President Paul Kagame during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burundi and DR. Congo are attending today’s summit as observers.

The Heads of State are expected to discuss the progress of mega infrastructure projects designed to benefit the wider Eastern Africa region.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mr. Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, representive of South Sudan President Salv Kiir during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Specifically, the leaders will discuss the progress of implementation of the outcomes of the 13th Summit, which was held in Kampala in April, 2016.

Top on the agenda of the summit is the progress of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, which is being constructed in all the four Northern Corridor countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) (2nd left), Paul Kagame (Rwanda)(2nd right), Deputy President William Ruto and Mr. Aggrey Tisa Sabuni (South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir representative) during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Kenya has already completed phase one of the SGR running between Mombasa and Nairobi while phase two of the SGR between Nairobi and Naivasha is 50 per cent complete.

The other Northern Corridor countries are at different stages to actualize  the construction of the SGR .

Other issues to be discussed include ICT infrastructure development aimed at promoting regional  inter-connectivity, Oil Refinery Development  following the discoveries of oil in Kenya and Uganda, where the two now join South Sudan as oil producing countries.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Mr. Aggrey Tisa Sabuni (South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir representative) during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. Also present is Deputy President William Ruto

Power Generation, transmission and Inter-connectivity in the wider region, Air Space Management, Human Resource Capacity Building and the establishment of a single Customs territory  are other key issues expected to feature at the Summit.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Heads of State and Government during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects is a multilateral development initiative established in 2013 to speed up growth in the region through the improvement of infrastructure for  ease of movement of people, goods and services.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Heads of State and Government during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

In total, there are 16 key Infrastructure and socio-economic concerns that the NCIP focuses on, with the ultimate goal of improving the infrastructure for business, and ensuring inclusive growth that leaves no one behind.