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Regional leaders agree to fast-track oil pipeline construction

By John Semakula

Added 23rd April 2016 12:00 AM

Other projects which the Presidents agreed to fast-track are the Power generation and airspace management.

Other projects which the Presidents agreed to fast-track are the Power generation and airspace management.

Three regional Presidents meeting at the Common Wealth Speke Resort, Munyonyo have signed a joint communiqué to fast-track the implementation of major regional infrastructural projects.

Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya signed the communiqué during the 13th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Project on Saturday.

The Northern Corridor Integration Project is the implementing arm of East Africa's major projects, including the Standard Gauge Railway line and Crude Oil Pipeline.

Prior to the signing of the communiqué, the Presidents held a closed door meeting at Munyonyo to harmonize differences in positions on the various projects.

The President of South Sudan Salva Kiir was expected at the summit but sent his advisor on Economic Affairs, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni.

Ethopia, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were represented by high profile delegates.

Other projects which the Presidents agreed to fast-track are the Power generation and airspace management to reduce travel costs plus human resource capacity building.

On the critical issue of the Oil Pipeline route from Uganda to the East African Coast, the Presidents agreed that both Kenya and Uganda construct separate pipelines. Uganda's will run from Hoima to Tanga while Kanya's will go from Lokichar to Lamu.


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