4 July 2014

Ethiopia: The 6th Northern Corridor Head of States and Govts Summit Adopts Ministerial Report

The 6th Northern Corridor Head of States and Governments Summit were held on Tuesday (July 3, 2014) in Kigali, Rwanda. The leaders adopted the Ministerial report. Presidents of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan were in attendance of the Summit.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros shared Ethiopia's experience in domestic mobilization of finances through increased domestic saving which he said is greatly contributing to infrastructure financing. The Summit discussed on the projects championed by each partner state. In regard to the flagship standard gauge railway project connecting Kenya to Uganda and Rwanda of the Northern Corridor, the Summit hailed the commencement of the Mombasa -Nairobi sector while urging the commencement of the construction of Malaba-Kisumu and Malaba-kampala sectors construction to be launched not later than October 2014.

In the area of telecommunication and ICT, the leaders agreed to launch a one area network service by September 2014. The launch of the one area network will abolish roaming charges among the four countries. In addition it will reduce the cost of calls among Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya by 50%. During the discussions President Kirr announced his government's decision to grant $200,000 for ICT related researches and development.

In regard to oil refinery the leaders agreed to solicit 60% of the funds from private sector and 40% of the equity to be shared among member states. It was decided that report on expression of interest among the private sector to be submitted in the next summit which will be held in October 2014.

With regard to crude oil pipeline development, the heads of states and government agreed that financing arrangements should be submitted for the next meeting. It was agreed that the roadmap for power interconnectivity project between Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, should be reviewed before July 2014 in consultation with the African Development Bank and the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP).

In relation to political federation, the EAC was given a task to finalize the modalities before April 30 2014.The leaders also agreed to work out a comprehensive strategy for joint airspace management. Further, finance ministers were tasked to continue engagement with AfDB, IFC, EXIM Bank of China to solicit funds. The four states welcomed Burundi's decision to join the Northern Corridor on the next fiscal year.


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