EAST AFRICAN LEADERS GATHER IN UGANDA FOR SUMMIT

KAMPALA, Feb 20– President Museveni has invited his counterparts from two other member states of the East African Community (EAC) for their fourth summit to discuss the sub-region’s Northern Corridor integration projects.

The summit is an initiative bringing together the leaders of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda to fast-track regional development through regional infrastructure, trade as well as political and economic integration.

The tripartite summit on infrastructure integration projects is a follow-up of a series of summits geared towards fast-tracking regional development through infrastructure development, trade, political and economic integration. The last summit was held in the Rwanda capital, Kigali, in October last year.

Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya jetted into the country on Wednesday night and used their national identity cards as opposed to their passports for clearance with immigration at Entebbe International Airport near here.

The presidents then received a coupon each, marking the official launch of the use of national identity cards or voter/students cards as travel documents in the EAC region.

Coupons are equivalent to visas and they are used because the IDs do not have any provision for immigration officers to stamp visas, so they stamp on the coupons. The coupon bears a stamp that is valid for six months and can be renewed.

“To implement the recommendation on the use of national IDs as travel documents, we asked the delegations of President Paul Kagame and President Uhuru Kenyatta to use their IDs and not passports,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume told New Vision.

Source:NEW VISION

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