6th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Ministerial Meeting held
Addis Ababa, 3 July 2014 (WIC) - The 6th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Ministerial Meeting was held yesterday (July 2, 2014) in Kigali, Rwanda.
According to MoFA, the Meeting was attended by Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Foreign Minister of Uganda, Sam Kutesa, Barnaba Benjamin Marial, Foreign Minister of South Sudan, Louis Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda, Engineer Michael Kamau, Cabinet Secretary of Kenya , Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) and representative of the government of Burundi and other high level officials.
The meeting deliberated on the performance report of the senior officials meeting based on the directives of the 5th Northern Corridor Summit. Ethiopia participated in the meeting as an observer.
In his remark, Dr. Tedros Adhanom attributed the progress in the Northern Corridor Projects to the strong political will of the leadership of the region.
He as well hailed the vitality of the focus given to human resource development schemes in making it project oriented as vital step to boost overall capacity of the region.
He also noted the importance of infrastructure integration as a key to give further impetus to the positive growth trajectory of the East African Region. In relation to Ethiopia’s efforts within the region, he said, “Ethiopia’s mega infrastructure projects in railways, highways, hydro dams, power interconnection and telecom are contributing in a concrete way to expedite the economic integration of Ethiopia and its neighbors."
He further noted that the northern corridor projects will complement the Lamu Port South Sudan –Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project (LAAPSSET) between Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan which includes road networks, standard gauge, railway, oil pipeline, oil refinery and airports thereby connecting the wider East African region with a web of infrastructure networks.
The North Corridor Ministerial Meeting approved the formal joining of the Republic of South Sudan while Burundi decided to stay as observer for the coming three months and eventually join the projects.
The projects under the Northern Corridor also rose from 8 to 14 to expedite holistic integration of countries of the Northern Corridor.
The Ministers also deliberated on the importance of diversifying finance sources to move forward with speedy implementation of the projects.
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