East African Leaders Kick Off Major Infrastructure Project
Port of Lamu
The port of Lamu is a key component of a new infrastructure project known as the Lapsset corridor, which aims to boost trade between Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
Speaking Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony in Lamu, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said it represents a major step forward for the region’s economic integration.
“I have no doubt that this day will go down in history as one of the defining moments when we make a major stride to connect our people to the many socio-economic opportunities that lie ahead,” he said.
At a cost of nearly $25 billion, the project is no small undertaking.
In addition to the port, the Lapsset corridor also envisions 1,600 kilometers of modern railways, 1,700 kilometers of new highways and three international airports.