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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the 2nd Infrastructure Summit of Heads of State and Government, Mombasa

President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the 2nd Infrastructure Summit of Heads of State and Government, Mombasa

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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the 2nd Infrastructure Summit of Heads of State and Government, Mombasa
President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the 2nd Infrastructure Summit of Heads of State and Government, Mombasa

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SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT ANDCOMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYADURING THE 2
ND
INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT,MOMBASA, 28
TH
AUGUST, 2013
Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is my pleasure to welcome Your Excellencies and your distinguished delegations toKenya’s Port City of Mombasa. We are greatly honoured to host the second InfrastructureSummit.I want to begin by commending each one of you for the diligence with which you ensuredthat the tasks assigned to you at the inaugural June Summit hosted by President Museveniwere accomplished.The commitment that has so far been demonstrated is as a result of our collective desire togrow our economies and improve the quality of life of our people.Since it is our stated commitment to accelerate integration through enhanced movement of people, goods and services across our borders, it is my hope that the symbolism of hostingthe summit at the Gateway to Eastern and Central Africa will not be lost. The Port of Mombasa is our common resource. That is made abundantly clear by looking at the data onmovement of goods into and out of the port.Some 30% of the 22 million tons of cargo handled in 2012 was destined for transit. As oureconomies grow, the demand for more efficient transport and communications has neverbeen greater. And we are here because we are alive to that.We are here to strengthen our coordination in the work we are doing together. We are herebecause we know that the one thing that can slow down our improving performance isinadequate infrastructure.We know that no country in the world has been able to maintain 7 per cent growth andabove on a sustainable basis unless it dealt with infrastructure bottlenecks. We are herebecause we know that together, we can and we will get the work done.Without expanded infrastructure, the demands of maturing economies on existing facilitiespresents a growing logistical challenge which loads unnecessary costs to taxpayers andconsumers.
 
I am gratified that Your Excellencies share a common vision to catalyse the momentum of regional growth through deliberate actions to anticipate challenges.Our prosperity and security increasingly feature mutual opportunities as well as challenges.The imperative to integrate has never been greater.The readiness with which Your Excellencies have risen to challenges of our time is gratifyingand bodes well for the region’s prospects.At the Uganda Summit, several key matters were extensively discussed. Among them werethe development of rail infrastructure in the region, the development of two oil pipelines,enhanced energy production and distribution, implementation of a Single Tourist Visaregime and the strengthening of the Single Customs Territory.Just as the imperative to integrate has been inevitable, the realisation that the scope of thisproject is dictated by unavoidable dynamics impelled us to welcome Burundi and SouthSudan into these discussions. Your Excellencies, it is now clear that the key to managingregional challenges is the quick and clear realisation that we share one common destiny,and that working together on as many issues as possible offers superior opportunities torealise our aspirations.After Kampala, there have been seven meetings at various levels during which aspects of the Kampala Communique were clarified, developed and implemented. I am delighted toobserve the solid progress made and the level of commitment that each partner State hasinvested towards the realisation of the resolutions.Your Excellencies,My Government was assigned the task of spearheading the Action Point on Enhancement of Electricity Generation and Distribution as well as the development of two regional pipelinesto carry finished products between Eldoret-Kampala-Kigali and crude between Uganda-Kenya-South Sudan.I am happy to report as follows. Regarding the first Point, we have generated a reportpresenting several possibilities on regional energy generation and distribution. This reportcontains proposals on the best means of exploiting electricity resources within each partnerState, including such alternatives as nuclear, geo-thermal and other forms of renewableenergy.I urge Your Excellencies to consider the recommendations in the context of moving ourregion towards energy self-sufficiency.

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