The 10th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects closed over the weekend at Speke Resort Hotel, Munyonyo.
The one-day Summit was chaired by President Museveni and attended by President Kagame of Rwanda, and President Kenyatta of Kenya.
Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, DR Congo and Ethiopia all sent powerful delegations.
The summit highlighted the creation of a Northern Corridor Projects Authority body with permanent senior officials from each member country to follow up on the implementation of the projects.
It also moved for the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding that included the aspect of Cyber Security, Total Free Movement of labor, Total Free Movement of Services and the Co-ordination of Foreign Policy.
It further launched the Web Portal: www.nciproject.org.
The Heads of State appreciated the progress in the implementation of various projects under the Northern Corridor Initiative and reiterated their collective resolve to continue working together to widen and deepen the integration of the region through fast tracking implementation.
The leaders welcomed the commitment by the Private Sector to partner with governments of the Northern Corridor Member States.
The Summit condemned the Garissa University attack in Kenya in April 2015 and conveyed to the families and to the Government of Kenya their heartfelt condolences.
They, however, expressed their determination to jointly address the terrorism threat in the region.
On the Standard Gauge Railway, the Summit noted the signing by Uganda of the US$ 3.32 billion Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contract with China Harbour and Engineering Company (CHEC) for the Northern and Eastern Route of the Standard Gauge Railway.
Regarding the Oil Refinery Development, the Summit noted the progress made by Uganda in the establishment of the National Oil Company.
On power generation, transmission and inter-connectivity, the Summit reiterated the urgent need to observe the timeliness for the completion of the infrastructure that will facilitate power trade between the partner States.
Turning to the issue of defense, peace, and security cooperation, the Summit noted the operationalization of the Joint Intelligence Centre (JIC) in Nairobi and re-affirmed their commitment to jointly address the security threats in the region, including terrorism.
Other issues discussed and given various recommendations included Tourism, Land and Infrastructure Corridor, Air Space Management, Political Federation, Single Customs Territory, Commodities Exchange and Human Resource Capacity Building.
The Northern Corridor is the busiest and most important transport route in East and Central Africa, providing a gateway through Kenya to the landlocked economies of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DR Congo.
It also serves Southern Sudan since it broke away from Khartoum.