Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan have reiterated their commitment to advance the implementation of East Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project also known as the LAPSSET Corridor Programme.
In her opening remarks during a high-level ministerial meeting on Monday in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Minister of Transport, Dagmawit Moges said “as Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan have a common goal that aims to attain economic growth and prosperity, narrowing our common infrastructure gap should be our common concern. And this can only be achieved through regional consensus and committed action.”
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for East African Community and Regional Development, Adan Mohammed said “for Africa to realize its potential of regional integration through transformative regional infrastructure and harmonization of monitoring policies, standards, the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers, improving business climate must be the continued areas of focus for all of us on the continent.”
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe, said the project would address the ever-growing unemployment rate on the continent and contribute to job creation.