Presidents Samia Suluhu and Uhuru Kenyatta Launch Arusha-Voi Highway

President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta readies to launch a section of the multinational Arusha to Voi, via Holili Highway project on Friday, July 22, 2022.

The event, taking place on the 42.4 Kilometers By-pass section precedes the 22nd East African Heads of State Ordinary Summit, taking place in the Northern Zone of Tanzania.

Presidents of Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, South-Sudan, Congo-Kinshasa and the hosting country of Tanzania are participating in the Heads of State Summit.

Before the main meeting Kenyan and Tanzanian Presidents get to unveil the Voi-Arusha road Co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Africa Trade Fund and the Governments Kenya and Tanzania.

The entire 230 kilometers long highway project runs from Arusha, Tanzania to Voi, Kenya via Moshi, Holili and Taveta. A by-pass section curving around Arusha City measures 42.4 kilometers.

Where is started: Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Left), Uhuru Kenyatta (Right) and the Late John Magufuli Center at the Tengeru section of the road: March 2016

Roadworks are being executed at the cost of USD 173.86 million and links Kenya and Tanzania.

Meanwhile, Arusha hosts the EAC Heads of State Ordinary Summit which runs in sync with the East African Community Common Market on July 21 and July 22, 2022 respectively.

About 300 participants from the Seven EAC Member States, private sector, civil society and development partners are attending both the High Level Retreat and the 22nd Summit taking place at the Arusha International Conference Centre.

During their High Level Retreat on the Common Market, the Heads of State are expected to take stock of the progress of implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol and adopt strategic measures to unlock the lags and bottlenecks stifling its progress.

The seven Heads of State also get to agree on a roadmap for the full realization of the Common Market, and identify key areas where Development Partners can contribute to the attainment of the Common Market.

At their 22nd Ordinary Meeting, the EAC Heads of State considers the Report of the Council to the Summit; assent to Bills as passed by the East African Legislative Assembly.

The Presidents get to appoint Judges to the East African Court of Justice and deliberate on the report of the High-level Summit Retreat on the EAC Common Market.

The Arusha Meeting is the final event which President Uhuru Kenyatta attends in his capacity as Head of State as the Kenyan leader retires from Ikulu in August 2022.