The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced her decision to join the Northern Corridor Integration Projects as a full member during the next Summit, shop http://danielborda.net/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/controller.php Chimp Corps report.
This was during the 11th Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit in Kenya’s capital Nairobi over the weekend.
The move is a big step forward in inter-linking the natural resource-rich nation to East African nations.
The Eastern Congo provides a big market for Uganda and Rwanda exports.
In 2013, here Ugandan exports worth $268 million made its way to the DRC market on the heels of the South Sudan war.
According to the Internal Monetary Fund (IMF), DRC will continue to record strong GDP growth over the next five years on the back of rising copper production and a stable currency.
In 2015, IMF believes real growth will reach 7.9 percent, before dipping slightly to 7.4 percent in 2016 and that over the next five years, a yearly average growth rate of 7.3 percent is expected, continuing the trend set in the previous five years and making the DRC one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In Nairobi, the Heads of State who included President Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and the host Uhuru Kenyatta, agreed to hold pre-Summit consultations during the next NCIP Summit in order to “examine strategic actions to move the implementation process even faster on some of the flagship projects.”
Kenyatta said he was particularly impressed by the progress achieved since the inception of the Northern Corridor Initiative.
“Notable among these is the reduction of the time taken to transport goods from the Port of Mombasa to various destinations in the hinterland of our region,” said Kenyatta.
“This, we believe, has resulted in improvements in the profitability of business due to reduction in the overall cost of production.”
The 11th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit was also marked by key involvement from the private sector with a dinner hosted to bring together regional actors to strengthen the role of investment in implementing key projects.
Key projects of the NCIP include the construction of the standard gauge railway, regional power trade, the strengthening of a single customs territory and collaboration of infrastructure technology including regional mobile financial services and the implementation of the one area network.
South Sudan Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni graced the function.
Participating as observers of the Summit were; Burundi’s Minister of External Affairs and International Cooperation Alain Nyamitwe, Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affair Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Congo’s Minister of Transport and Communications Justin Kalumba Mwana-Ngongo and Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Dr. Richard Sezibera.
Others include Regional Director, African Development Bank, Gabriel Negatu and the Executive Secretary of the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA), Donat Bagula.
Tanzania was represented by the High Commissioner to Kenya, Ambassador. John Haule.
Other participants at the meeting included Private Sector Representatives from Partner States and the East African Business Council.
The Northern Corridor is the transport corridor linking Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Kenya.
The Northern Corridor Integration Projects initiative is designed to generate sustainable political will necessary to fast track the implementation of the projects identified.
The 1st Summit was held in June 2013 and the three Heads of State of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya agreed to meet every two months to review progress made.
The next Summit will be held in Kigali, Rwanda in December.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) registrar of Bufundi sub-county in Kabale District has been arrested by for reportedly swindling Shs 2.9m meant for paying village polling officials in the recently-concluded party sub-county elections.
Arthur Kojoro Kamurasi was detained at Kabale Central Police Station for interrogation.
Kabale District NRM Registrar, symptoms http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.json-api.php Maurice Keitaba, told ChimpReports on Monday morning that Kamurasi fell short of giving accountability for the money he received from the district offices.
Kamurasi is also accused of withholding 31 village registers and falling short of presenting results from 7 villages.
Keitaba said Kamurasi has on several occasions snubbed summons to Kabale District NRM Offices to explain the discrepancies in his work.
“Kamurasi failed to show up – so we had no alternative but to involve the police who arrested him on Sunday evening,” said Keitaba.
The NRM primaries have marred by violence and allegations of rigging.
Keitaba said police are equally searching for Janan Twiine, the registrar of Rubaya sub-county whom is also suspected of mishandling the election process by withholding results.
Kigezi Regional Police Spokesman, Elly Maate confirmed the arrest, saying detectives are probing malpractices in the recent primaries.
In Rubaya, said Maate, election results have not been declared for of LC3 chairperson and LC5 councillors.