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East African Leaders Kick Off Major Infrastructure Project

March 2, 2012

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.

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