programs

Economic Development and Regional Integration

OUR VISION: This involves the transformation of the Region into an area of shared growth and development, an area of cooperation based on convergence of strategies and policies.

OUR COMMITMENT:

The 11 Heads of State and Government of Member countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, meeting in Dar Es-Salaam, on 19 and 20 November 2004, under the auspices of the United Nations and the African Union signed the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region on 15 December 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya, committed themselves to the respect of the following common constitutional principles:

• To jointly promote a properous, integrated economic space, to improve the standard of living of its populations, and to contribute to the development of the Region, by implementing the Program of Action for Economic Development and Regional Integration with the aim of:

• Promoting cooperation and economic integration by harmonizing and coordinating national and regional policies with relevant regional economic communities so as to improve stability and economic competitiveness, and to reduce poverty;

• Developing common infrastructure in the areas of energy, transport and communications;

• Promoting local regionalintegration by strenghening multi-sectoral cooperation and solidarity among the border populations of neighbouring States.

OUR CONTENT:

The Regional Action Program of the promotion of Economic Development and Regional Integration comprises three sub-programs and fifteen priority projects.

The sub-programs are the following:

• Cooperation for poverty reduction

• Establishment of a Region Support Mechanism for Micro-Finance Institutions;

• Food Security Project; and

• Trans-Border Development Basins

2. Harmonization and strengthening of cooperation policies

• Revival of CEPGL and its specialized agencies; and

• Certification of natural resources.

3. Infrastructure Development

• Northern Corridor;

• Trans-African Highway (Mombassa-Lagos);

• Lobito Corridor project;

• Southern Corridor project;

• Pre-feasibility study of the Northern Corridor railway extension;

• Feasibility study on the rehabilitation and navigability of the River Congo basin;

• Rehabilitation and connectivity of the Inga Dam;

• Feasibility study on the regional oil pipeline;

• Methane gas project (Kivu regional pipeline project);

• East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy).

OUR PROJECTS AND PARTNERS:

Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation and for Certification of Natural Ressources

Key Partners: MS/GTZ, OSC, UN, AU, RECs

Project_3-1-3-_Regional_Project_on_Food_Security.pdf

Key Partners: RECs, Member States

Project_3-1-1-_Establishment_of_a_Regional_Micro_Finance_Support_Facility.pdf

Key Partners: EM, UNECA, SC, UNDP, MFIs, RECs, UN, TA

Trans-Border Development Basins

Key Partners: MNC, TDB, RECs, EC

Revival of CEPGL

Key Partners: MS and Dvpt partners

Northern Corridor

Key Partners: MS, RECs, Ministeries, Agencies, ECA,

Lobito Corridor

Key Partners: MS, RECs, NEPAD, CPs, UN, Donors

Southern Corridor

Key Partners: COMESA, MS, EAC, SADC, CPGL, Donors

Trans-African Highway (Mombassa-Lagos)

Key Partners: UNECA, UNDP, EU, ADB, MB, private sector, RECs, BDEAC, MS

• The Southern Corridor railway extension

Key Partners: MS, EAC, COMESA, ADB, Donors, CS

• Pre-feasibility study of Feasibility study on the rehabilitation and navigability of the River Congo basin

Key Partners: CICOS, NCM, ADB, GTZ, EU, UNECA, FC

Project_3-3-10-_East_African_Cable_System_Project_EASSy_.pdf

Key Partners: private sector, concerned part, financial Institutions

Methane gas

Key Partners: CEA, Ministeries, concerned agencies

• The Inga Dam

Key Partners: SNEL, Ministeries, MS, RECs, ICGLR

Project_3-3-8-_Feasibilty_Study_on_the_Regional_Oil_Pipeline.pdf

Key Partners: Papeline Kenya, Ministeries, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, IPPF, NEPAD, private sector, RECs, Donors

Protocol SRDZ

Key Partners: NMC, CS