Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda Agree On Railway, Oil, Trade Links

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda Agree On Railway, Oil, Trade Links

The Presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda met this week and agreed to build railway and oil pipe lines linking the three countries and to cooperate on building East African trade and tourism, according to a report in All Africa.

On the agenda are plans to revamp the East African railways network and build one standard railway system, clear non-tariff barriers by forming a customs territory, and set up two oil pipelines connecting the three countries, the report says.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwanda President Paul Kagame focused on a memo of understanding to improve relations and enhance development of the three countries.

All three resolved to invest in building an oil refinery in Uganda, the report said. They agreed on improving accessibility and affordability of electricity in their countries, as well as investing in the exploration of renewable energy sources.

Also agreed on was the fast-tracking of the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) and expediting an identity card for residents of East Africa.

Uganda’s role will be to superintend the improvement of the railway network and build the oil refinery. Kenya will oversee improvement in electrical power access and construction of the two oil pipelines. Rwanda agreed to build the customs territory and work on a single tourism visa and East African identity cards. Progress will be reviewed every two months, the report said.

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Asked about the absence of Burundi’s and Tanzania’s leaders, Museveni said, “There is nothing shameful talking about the East African affairs without the other two countries because we shall give them feedback about what has been discussed,” according to the All Africa report.