The Inspirer Staff.
Presidents of Rwanda, Uganda and their host Kenya are in Nairobi reviewing progress of mega infrastructure projects for the region.
South Sudan leader Salva Kiir has sent a special envoy to represent him.
The meeting is the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) convened at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.
In 2013, the NCIP was established as a multilateral development initiative with the aim of speeding up development in the region particularly the improvement of infrastructure for ease of movement of people, goods and services in the region.
Kagame, Museveni, Uhuru and the representative of South Sudan are expected to review the progress made in the implementation of the various resolutions reached at during the 13th Summit held in Kampala, Uganda on April 23, 2016.
Rwanda’s progress includes preliminary engineering design of the new SGR line from Kampala to Kigali; it was completed in January 2018.
For South Sudan, preparation for a bankable feasibility study for the Nimule-Juba SGR line is on-going and is expected to be complete by December this year.
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.
Kenya has successfully completed the Mombasa-Nairobi line and embarked on the Nairobi-Naivasha section which is now at 50 percent completion.
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).
Meanwhile, the leaders and Special Envoy will be briefed on progress in ICT especially 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 heads of state will also assess and provide leadership on the progress being made in power generation, transmission and interconnectivity, a function that is being coordinated by Kenya.
On the summit agenda there is the crude oil pipeline project, the commodities exchange, human resource capacity building and land.
The leaders will also review progress made in immigration, tourism, trade, labour and services; single customs territory; mutual defence cooperation; mutual peace and security cooperation; and airspace management.
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