About Us

The three Presidents, Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya) met at Entebbe, Uganda on 25 June, 2013, to discuss how to co-operate and speed up development in the region.

Of immediate concern was the long time the cargo to and from Mombasa Port took to reach its destination.  There were many causes of delays from the slow operations at the Port, multiple weighing at weighbridges, many police checks, uncoordinated border point checks, amongst many others.  The long time it took was not acceptable and the Presidents decided that this had to be reduced significantly.

The second area of concern was that the infrastructure along the Corridor had to be improved, and this had to be done in a coordinated manner.  The initial decision was to include the construction of a new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.  In addition, the Presidents agreed on the need to construct one common crude oil pipeline to serve the new oil discoveries in the Region.

Finally, the cost of doing business in the Region had to be brought down.  This is why it was decided to simplify the labour and immigration laws and procedures, and cooperate on tourism, trade and services issues.

The Tripartite Infrastructure Initiative was then renamed the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) with the inclusion of South Sudan who had graduated from observer status to active member.  Each country created a special office to coordinate the Initiative.  The Presidents committed to meeting every two months, thus taking direct control of the Initiative.

During the second Summit held in Mombasa, both Burundi and South Sudan attended as ex-official members but Ethiopia and Tanzania joined as observers later.  Since the third Summit, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir announced that his country was to be a full member of the NCIP.  Since then, South Sudan has become an active Member.

What started as a tripartite initiative to speed up the flow of cargo, construction of SGR, crude oil pipeline and refined petroleum products pipeline, has quickly expanded.  Today, it includes extra Clusters that handle ICT, Oil Refinery, Political Federation, Financing, Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity, Commodity Exchanges, Human Resource Capacity Building and Land.  In addition, there are also Clusters that handle Immigration, Trade, Tourism, Labour and Services, Single Customs Territory, Mutual Defence Cooperation, Mutual Peace and Security Cooperation and Airspace Management.

The NCIP has become a successful initiative mainly due to the direct involvement of the Heads of State.  It is reducing the cost of doing business within the Region, thus making it competitive at the global level.

Vision
A Northern Corridor that is fully integrated to facilitate the competitiveness of the region in the global market.

Mission
To promote integration in partner states by fast tracking projects for the benefit of citizens and the development of the region.

Core values

  • Integration
  • Unity
  • Accountability
  • Self-reliance 
  • Results oriented

There are 16 projects being coordinated under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) namely;

Projects Coordinated by Uganda:

  1. Standard Gauge Railway
  2. ICT Infrastructure
  3. Oil Refinery Development
  4. Fast Tracking Political Federation
  5. Financing

Projects Coordinated By Kenya:

  1. Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity:
  2. Crude Oil pipeline Development
  3. Refined Petroleum Products Pipeline Development
  4. Commodities Exchange
  5. Human Resource Capacity Building
  6. Land

Projects Coordinated by Rwanda:

  1. Immigration, Tourism, Trade, Labour and Services (ITTLS)
  2. Single Customs Territory
  3. Defence Cooperation
  4. Peace and Security Cooperation
  5. Air Space Management

Financing of these projects is jointly coordinated by Ministers of Finance of the Partner States but spearheaded by Uganda.

At the end of every summit, the Heads of State of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects, issue a joint communiqué.

Some of the achievements so far:

  • One Network Area;
  • Use of National/Student ID cards as travel documents;
  • Implementation of East Africa Tourist Visa –thus marketing the region as a single tourism destination;
  • Launch of the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway- Kenya started construction in June 2014;
  • Waiver of Work permit Fees;
  • Reduced airfares on Entebbe-Nairobi Route and implementation of 5th Freedom Rights on the same route;
  • Under Single Customs Territory- Cargo tracking system, reduced cost of doing business, reduced days of cargo trucks from Mombasa (4-5 days from Mombasa to Kampala from 16 days, Rwanda- 8 days from 22 days.