On 2nd March, 2012, H.E President Mwai Kibaki,H.E Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and H.E President Salva Kiir jointly launched the Lamu Port in Mokowe-Lamu on the Indian Ocean coast.
The Three presidents shake hands to symbolise a unity of purpose in the project.
The port is part of the Lamu Port -South Sudan-Ethiopia (LAPSSET) project. Dubbed the most ambitious infrastructural undertaking on the continent, at an estimated cost of some $25bn, the project is a vital transport and economic development corridor for the region. Although it has commenced with three countries, LAPSSET is envisaged as a bridge that will link the Indian Ocean side of the continent to the Atlantic coast and to the north it links into the Northern Corridor into Djibouti, Sudan and Egypt.
The LAPSSET project comprises 32 port berths connected to the region by thousands of kilometres of new rail tracks, pipeline and a highway. This corridor will also have 3 resort cities, a number of airports, and a manmade dam (the grand dam).
Among those who witnessed this historic event was Amb Monica Juma and Amb Cleveland Leshore, Kenya’s Ambassaor to South Sudan, Ministers, Members of Parliament, including those from Lamu and other high level officials from the three countries.
|The Heads of State laying the
foundation stone for the administrative
building of the port
|President Kibaki leads his
colleagues in planting a tree
|The Three Heads of State read
the placard that commemorates
their joint launch of LAPSSET.
|President Salva Kiir, President Kibaki and
Prime Minister Zenawi salute the crowds
after the launch of LAPSSET
|The Three presidents raise
their national flags
|Aerial view of the proposed Lamu port site||The routing of the corridor|