President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday hosted The Heads of State 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP).
The summit, hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta, was attended by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda while President Salva Kiir of South Sudan was represented by a special envoy Mr Aggrey Tisa Sabuni.
“It is definitely good news for our citizens,” said the President as he cited joint actions including the single customs territory that has resulted in reduced transit times and cost of goods.
The Heads were particularly impressed by Kenya’s commitment to the implementation of a modern railway network having completed and launched the first phase of the SGR from Mombasa to Nairobi and gone a step further to initiate the second phase from Nairobi to Naivasha.
“The Summit lauded the completion and commissioning of Mombasa — Nairobi section of the SGR in 2017 which is already transporting increasing number of passengers and cargo,” the leaders noted in a joint statement.
The East African leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to advancing regional integration while underscoring the importance of accelerating socio-economic transformation, industrialization and employment creation.
The summit was also attended by Kenya’s Deputy President Mr William Ruto as well as representatives of Tanzania, Burundi and Ethiopia, countries which have observer status in the NCIP.