President Uhuru Kenyatta jetted back into the country this evening from Kigali, Rwanda where he attended the 9th Northern Corridor Infrastructure (NCIP) Summit.
The plane carrying President Kenyatta and his delegation touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 9.00 p.m.
On arrival, the President was received by the Deputy President William Ruto and other senior Government officials.
The NCIP is a multipronged infrastructure project bringing together Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan that are mainly served by the port of Mombasa. Tanzania, Burundi, and Ethiopia take part as observers.
Infrastructure envisaged by the project includes the Standard Gauge Railway, energy, roads, ICT, and oil pipelines for the region’s budding oil sector.
During today’s summit, President Kenyatta said greater inter-connectivity in the East African region will increase member states’ ability to trade with each another.
He said better infrastructure would also boost competitiveness and attractiveness of the economies and countries in the region.
The 9th Northern Corridor Integration Summit brought together the host President Paul Kagame, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Salva Kiir of South Sudan.
EAC chair and Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete, Burundi 2nd Vice President Dr. Gervais Rufyikiri and Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom attended as observers.
President Kenyatta won personal praise from Presidents Museveni, Kagame and Kiir for his reforms at the Mombasa port, which have facilitated faster movement of goods along the Northern Corridor.
Presidents Museveni and Kiir thanked President Kenyatta for improving efficiency at the port of Mombasa, saying cargo destined to their countries now taking shorter time to reach destinations.
President Kikwete expressed his country’s support for the NCIP whose success will inform the decision on the Central Corridor that targets his country.
Burundi’s 2nd Vice President Rufyikiri announced his country’s decision to join NCIP, saying the move will be formalized after the country’s elections later in the year. Ethiopian Foreign Affairs minister expressed interest in NCIP.