doctor http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-includes/capabilities.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The President was seen off at Entebbe International Airport this morning by Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.
Others at the airport included the Head of Public Service, Mr. John Mitala, the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. General Julius Angina, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Asan Kasingye and the Commissioner General of Uganda Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.
The Northern Corridor infrastructure project is aimed at connecting the Kenyan port city of Mombasa to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The route is a remnant of the colonial era, when the British sought to link the Great Lakes region to the Kenyan coast.
Today, the transport artery is constrained in its efficiency and capacity, though not as much as the Central Corridor, which runs primarily through Tanzania.
The Northern Corridor is particularly important as it passes through the most economically active area of East Africa – especially the area north of Lake Victoria, which is home to the main concentration of East African agriculture, still the biggest sector in the region by far.
Recently, such factors have helped attract complementary investments along the route, further increasing its importance.
As with the Central Corridor, most transport on the Northern Corridor is road-based.
The main rail connection, which runs east to west through Kenya and into Uganda, would need to be refurbished or replaced to relieve some of the traffic burden on Northern Corridor roads.
Still, Northern Corridor railroads function better than those of the Central Corridor.
Since East Africa is made up of net importer countries, these corridors support projects under development within the region rather than simply providing routes for exports.