The IGAD Executive Secretary Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim on 13th May 2016 in Nairobi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya’s LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority (LCDA) Director General Mr. Silvester Kasuku.
The MoU details cooperation by the two authorities towards development of the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET). The overall goal of the LAPSSET Corridor Program is to interconnect the Republics of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan among others. Once implemented the Program will link the landlocked regions of South Sudan and Ethiopia to Lamu Port in Kenya promoting regional integration in the Horn of Africa, and providing trade opportunities. The LAPSSET Corridor is also part of Africa’s Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI).
According to the signed MoU, IGAD and LCDA will work together in mobilising funds towards detailed engineering design studies of the LAPSSET Railway component of the Corridor (Lamu-Isiolo-Moyale-Addis Ababa/Isiolo-Nadapal-Juba, approx. 2,900 km). The design studies of the standard gauge railway will be spearheaded by IGAD Secretariat.