President Museveni was on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects.
Speaking at the ceremony, Museveni thanked His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta for hosting them and for his passion for a strong East Africa.
“I am happy that a dream that we started with our political elders; Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote is coming to fruition. Things are beginning to move,” he said.
He added: “Uganda has woken up and is reaping fruits. For example, we are now producing 2.5 billion litres of milk while consuming only 800 million litres. The surplus 1.7 billion litres are consumed by our regional neighbours.”
According to him, if it was not for this East African market, Uganda’s milk industry would have collapsed.
It is the same case with maize. Whereas Uganda is producing five million tonnes annually, it only consumes one million tonnes, the rest being exported to Uganda’s neighbours.
“I must apologize to the people who have been affected by the Uganda Revenue Authority’s half-a-day work schedule. I am directing that URA works 24 hours a day to make business easier, especially at the border points.”
He said the electricity line to Rwanda through the Mirama Hills is now 75 percent complete. The target is to ensure that it is ready for commissioning by October this year.
“I must thank President Uhuru for working on Kisumu port. Water transport makes business cheaper. Uganda is doing something near Entebbe to improve this water transport network. I know that Rwanda too is working towards ensuring connectivity through the Kagera River.”
He challenged the technocrats to study how developing this water transport network can help the region exploit the Muko iron ore deposits using the gas under Lake Kivu.