Regional Leaders Expedite Regional Integration Plans


click cheap geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Speaking at the opening ceremony, order Rwanda President Paul Kagame noted that it has come in time when his country is celebrating 20 years of liberation which he said is a big achievement.

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“There is no better liberation than the targets that we are all willing to hit. We now have an opportunity to make regional integration complete than before,” Kagame noted.

He added: “It means a lot to prepare infrastructure and increase incomes of our people. Over the past year (since the northern corridor tripartite arrangement was formed) we have seen progress and we need to build on it.”

“We all know what success would mean for the citizens of this region – less bureaucracy, better infrastructure, more trade, and ultimately higher incomes for Eastern African families,” said Kagame.

He added: “We have an opportunity to make regional integration concrete in a way never seen before. We need to add a greater dose of urgency and stamina. Each success along the way will generate new challenges to solve.”

The chairperson of the East African Community and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said their dream will soon become a reality.

“The tremendous progress in trade and movement of goods, services and persons is an indicator that if we continue with this path, integration will no longer be a dream but a reality.”

In the similar manner, South Sudan president Salva Kiir applauded IGAD leaders for intervening while his country was attacked by what he called negative forces.

“If it was for the intervention of president Museveni in the first place, we would have lost a lot of lives and property. IGAD are continuing to contribute forces to my country to protect important installations and civilians from attack by rebels,” Kiir noted.

He therefore noted that it’s the same support needed in the region to stop negative forces which he added are a problem to the whole region.

President Museveni who arrived in Rwanda yesterday for a series of programmes started with a key address at the Pan African Youth Conference taking place at Serena Hotel Kigali under the theme, “Beyond Liberation movements Sharing Our Future”.

President Museveni later joined other regional heads of State from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan for the Northern Corridor Integration Project (NCIP) to review the progress made on implementation of the directives given during the 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit held in Nairobi in May and to provide direction on deepening regional integration.

The Northern Corridor Infrastructures Project is an initiative of East African leaders aimed at fast-tracking regional development through joint infrastructure, trade, political and economic integration.

President Uhuru Kenyatta observed that if regional countries continue on the path they are pursuing, there would be no doubt integration would be realized in this lifetime, considering that since the very first meeting more than a year ago, leaders of the region have never failed to meet as agreed every two months.

Ethiopian Minister Foreign Affairs Ghebreyesu who represented the Ethiopian Prime Minister pointed out that the reason results are being realised is because of political will and regional leaders walking the talk.

While in Kigali, the leaders will also attend Rwanda’s 20th National Liberation Day on Friday and the Women parliamentary conference.


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