NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will Tuesday host his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame of Rwanda for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects at a Nairobi Hotel.
State House said a Special Envoy of President Salva Kiir of South Sudan will also attend the meeting in Nairobi.
The project is a multilateral development initiative established in 2013 to speed up development in the region, particularly the improvement of infrastructure to ease the movement of people, goods and services in the region.
“During the Nairobi meeting, the leaders are expected to review progress made in the implementation of resolutions reached at during the last Summit that was held in Kampala, Uganda in 2016,” State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said in a statement to newsrooms.
Among the key projects expected to feature prominently during the meeting is the Standard Gauge Railway where significant progress has been made.
A commercial contract for the Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba sections and a modern port at Kisumu has already been signed with the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC).
On its part, Uganda signed a commercial contract with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) in March 2015 and recently completed the project appraisal exercise which was held parallel to the ongoing negotiations of financing which are expected to be finalized by September this year.
Apart from the SGR, the Heads of State and the Special Envoy will be briefed on the progress being made in ICT and will be keen on the status of the One Network Area (ONA) for voice which is fully operational in all the partner states, while ONA for data is operational in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
“The leaders will also review progress made in immigration, tourism, trade, labour and services; single customs territory; mutual defense cooperation; mutual peace and security cooperation; and airspace management,” the statement said.