President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on Wednesday said the Lamu Port and its supporting infrastructure will open up and expand regional economies.
Addressing the media shortly after inspecting the ongoing developments at the new 32-berth port, where the first 3 berths are under construction with the first berth already complete, the two leaders said the anchor investment for the Laspsset corridor by Kenya will further create the much-needed wealth and employment opportunities.
“Visiting the Lamu Port, which is a key component of the Lamu, South Sudan, Ethiopia transport corridor, gave me hope that with such infrastructural investments, our regional economic integration aspirations are within reach,” PM Abiy said.
The leaders visited Lamu County from Marsabit, where they commissioned the Moyale One-Stop Border-Post and the 500m Hawassa-Hagere Mariam-Moyale Road.
ODM leader Raila Odinga joined them in Lamu.
Raila, who is also the AU Special Infrastructure envoy, said the Lapsset project is “Eastern Africa’s new frontier transcontinental corridor seeking to connect the eastern and western-central Africa deep-sea ports of Lamu and Douala in Cameroon”.