Economic Development and Regional Integration


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.

Download the Program:programme.pdf


The 12 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, followed by the Republic of South Sudan on 24th February 2013, 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.


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).


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

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


Key Partners: RECs, Member States


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: private sector, concerned part, financial Institutions

Methane gas

Key Partners: CEA, Ministeries, concerned agencies

• The Inga Dam

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


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

Protocol SRDZ

Key Partners: NMC, CS