Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project
The Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project also called LAPSSET in short, is a transport corridor project aimed to link Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The project costs $22 billion and will be shared between the three countries. The countries are also seeking an external finance source for the project.
The completion of the project will boost the volume of cross-border trade. It provides an advance transportation network and will also play a viable role in socio-economic development.
The Lamu Port is one of main section of the LAPSSET project. It will have a road network linking Kenya to Ethiopia and South Sudan. It also links to Manda Bay, a standard gauge railway line to Juba, oil pipelines, oil refinery in Bargoni and the three Airports.
The official ceremony of the LAPSSET project was held on March 2, 2012 at the Lamu port in Nairobi. The ceremony was attended by the heads of all the three countries - President of the Republic of Kenya Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi and President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit.
On March 1, 2012 President of South Sudan Salva Mayardit reached Nairobi along with some of his ministers to attend the ceremony.
South Sudan President Salva Mayardit in his remarks during the ceremony thanked President Mwai Kibai and the people of Kenya, and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for making the LAPSSET project achievable. He said that the project will help the people of the three countries and will create routes of trade to enhance economic development.
President of the Republic of Kenya Mwai Kibaki said that Kenya will work closely with South Sudan and Ethiopia in development projects of mutual interest.
Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi said that LAPSSET project will address transportation problems and will connect eastern and western coast of Africa.