NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will on Tuesday host a regional summit
aimed at speeding up development of infrastructure in the East
Africa region, a government official said on Monday.
Kenya’s State House
spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the 14th Summit of the
Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) will be attended
by host, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and his counterparts Yoweri
Museveni of Uganda and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame as well as a Special
Envoy of President Salva Kiir of South Sudan.
“During the Nairobi
meeting, the leaders 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,” Esipisu said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
corridor projects are designed to link the land locked countries
of Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi to Kenya’s Indian
Ocean Port of Mombasa. The corridor also serves the Democratic
Republic of Congo and northern Tanzania.
The NCIP which is a
multilateral development initiative established in 2013 is aimed
at speeding up development in the region, particularly the
improvement of infrastructure for ease of movement of people,
goods and services in the region.
Esipisu said the
leaders will assess and provide leadership on the progress being
made in power generation, transmission and interconnectivity.
“Among the key
projects expected to feature prominently during the meeting is
the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) where significant progress has
been made with Kenya having successfully completed the Mombasa-Nairobi
line and embarked on the Nairobi-Naivasha section which is now
at 50 percent completion,” he said.
The State House
spokesman said a commercial contract for the
Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba sections and a modern port at Kisumu has
already been signed with the China Communication Construction
He said preliminary
engineering design of the new SGR line from Kampala to Kigali,
Rwanda’s capital, was completed in January while in 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
The African leaders
will also review progress on ICT and oil refinery.