NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Kenya and Uganda have launched a comprehensive integrated master plan for Northern Economic Corridor as a blueprint for the development of infrastructure that will ultimately interconnect 6 countries in East and Central Africa.
The Northern Economic Corridor connects Mombasa seaport through Kenya and Uganda, to Rwanda and Burundi, to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to South Sudan.
The transport corridor will have multimodal options including road, rail, waterway and a pipeline, and it is recognized as the most significant corridor for logistics in East Africa.
The integrated master plan, which has been developed in partnership with JICA, is a result of a commitment made during the 6th TICAD meeting in Nairobi.
Official estimates show that the total import and export freight from Mombasa port will reach 61 million tons in 2030, representing a growth of 2.3 times the amount in 2015.
“This logistics master plan has a target of the year 2030 and it is consistent with the regional development strategies, the sub-regional and national development plans and it is therefore expected to integrate seamlessly into sector plans and provide a clear template upon which the Northern corridor development will be undertaken which will support our economic, social, political aspirations in Kenya and Uganda,” said Eng. Francis Gitau, Infrastructure Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development.
The final report will be submitted by January 2017, Gitau said.
In both Kenya and Uganda, about 95 percent of cargo freight is transported by road. But experts say it would be more efficient to transport large amounts of heavy freights, such as coal and construction material over long distance by railway, and oil products by pipeline.