Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame will host the meeting of heads of state in Kigali this week, where talks will aim to fast track regional infrastructure development  through infrastructure, trade and political and economic integration.

The Rwandan government noted that at the inaugural Tripartite Summit held in Entebbe in June this year, leaders of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda spearheaded different components of joint projects: Uganda committed to lead the railway development and political federation sector; Rwanda on customs, single tourist visa and East African Community e-identity card; and Kenya on the implementation of the oil pipeline and electricity generation.

The follow-up summit held in Mombasa saw the heads of state participate in the commissioning of Berth 19, which will increase capacity of the Kenyan port to serve the entire region.

At the Kigali summit this week, leaders will welcome South Sudan to the initiative, launch the Single Customs Territory and review the progress of infrastructure projects led by each country.

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