President Yoweri Museveni has praised President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya for working to ease trade in East Africa.
Museveni noted that Kenyatta had worked actively to reduce bottle necks that impede smooth trade in the East Africa region like reduction of road blocks and weighbridges.
He said President Kenyatta had managed to reduce road blocks from 200 to only 2 and also left only one weighbridge.
Museveni was officiating at the commissioning of the new berth Number 19 at Mombasa Port in his capacity as the current Chairperson of the East African Community.
In attendance were Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto and delegates from South Sudan and Burundi.
The President together with the visiting dignitaries were led through the layout of the port since its construction in the 1920s and current development taking place including the new berth.
President Museveni then together with his fellow Presidents flagged off the off-loading of the 1st container from the berth and unveiled a commemorative plaque.
Museveni congratulated President Kenyatta for the achievement and commended the Kenya Port Authority for the vision of expanding the capacity of the port.
He noted that trade between Uganda and Kenya had increased tremendously and that Kenya now imports 700 million US dollars’ worth of goods from Uganda.
The 5.6 million Kenya shilling facility will create an additional capacity of 250,000 units at the container terminal.
Museveni also noted that the berth is very critical for agricultural producers, industrialists and as well as service providers.
He emphasized the need for integration of east Africa saying that it was all about enabling producers to produce sustainably and have a ready market regionally.
President Kenyatta noted his government’s commitment to the East African integration.
President Kagame noted that the people of Rwanda look forward to working with those in Kenya in promoting the agenda of integration.
William Ruto, the Vice president of Kenya, described the occasion as historic as the facility with other infrastructure will assist the people of the region to do business and expand investment in the region.
Uganda’s delegation at the function included Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima, Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Energy Irene Muloni, Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka and others.