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Uhuru Kenyatta heads to Rwanda for infrastructure summit

Saturday March 7 2015

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Deputy President

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Deputy President William Ruto at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as he left the country to attend the 9th Northern Corridor Infrastructure Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. PHOTO | PSCU 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday morning travelled to Kigali, Rwanda to attend the 9th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit.

President Kenyatta will meet host Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and Salva Kiir (South Sudan) at Serena Hotel, Kigali to fast-track implementation of 14 projects launched under the Northern Corridor Infrastructural Projects framework.

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects involve four countries; Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan with Tanzania and Burundi coming in as observers.

Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya came together in June 2013 not only as members of the East African Community (EAC) but also as countries of the Northern Corridor that links East Africa and Central Africa to the Port of Mombasa in Kenya.

Other projects on the corridor include railway, electricity, oil pipeline and ICT.

The projects are aimed at easing the cost of doing business and boost trade among partner states.

Use of single visas for tourists in the EAC is another project that has been implemented.

President Kenyatta and President Kagame used their identity cards while travelling to Uganda to attend the 4th summit of the Northern Corridor integration projects.

Use of national IDs at the exit and entry points by the citizens of the three EAC states creates a borderless region for quicker movement of goods and people.

The President and his delegation departed from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 9am.

He was seen off at the airport by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials.