Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has re-emphasised the benefits of integration and observed that for over 50 years East African leaders have been working towards the integration of the region in particular and the African continent in general because of the numerous advantages for Africans.Museveni was addressing the 9th Northern Corridor Integration Summit at Serena Hotel in the Rwandan Capital of Kigali on Saturday.
Member countries of the Northern Corridor Integration include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan while Tanzania and Burundi are observers.
The Kigali Summit was convened to fast-track the implementation of the 14 projects launched under the Northern Corridor Infrastructural Projects Framework.
Museveni also saluted the Kenyan leader, Uhuru Kenyatta for waving off taxes levied on goods entering Uganda at the customs which, he said has reduced the delay of goods entering the country.
Host President Paul Kagame thanked the private sector in East Africa for their participation in the Northern Corridor Integration Project Summit saying this had added value to their work as the East African Community members.
President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, who is the current Chairman of the East African Community, wished Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit success in their endeavours.
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir asked regional leaders to keep supporting the two sides in South Sudan to ensure that they are brought further together in order to ensure that peace returns to his country.
Source: Star Africa
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