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
INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT,MOMBASA, 28
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.