The president of Rwanda his Excellency Paul Kagame has called for more efforts in ensuring that projects under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects are implemented to bolster regional economy.
The president who was attending the 13th Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit in Kampala noted that although there is progress already registered in key areas there is need for quicker strides.
“As we have just heard, we continue to make strides in important initiatives. However, it is also evident that further progress in key areas can be faster,” the president advised the summit on Friday.
He adds, “We must maintain the urgency that informed these initiatives in the first place; so that we can achieve the targets we set.”
The meeting chaired by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and attended by Kenya,Rwanda and Uganda heads of state reviewed the status of implementation of projects that were discussed at the last summit in Kigali in December 2015.
The summit discussed projects including, energy, infrastructure, information technology and socioeconomic development as heads of heads called on their faster implementation.
During the summit, a framework for regional data roaming with maximum retail tariff of US Dollars 11 Cents per Megabyte and the maximum inter-operator tariff of US Dollars 7 Cents per Megabyte was launched.
“The Summit reiterated its commitment to ensuring the private sector participation in all key integration projects including through the facilitation of innovative financing of infrastructure and ease of trade,” a statement from the President’s office read in part.
Accordingly, the Northern Corridor is a transport link that connects the region’s landlocked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan with the port of Mombasa, Kenya while it serves Northern Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.