By Standard reporters
At different stopovers in Kisumu city, the Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Prime Minister Raila Odinga said it is through cordial relations and unity among the five countries that trade barriers will be removed.
Museveni said plans were underway to improve roads, railways and airports in the region to ensure transport was enhanced to widen market and fasten cross border trade.
Museveni further said it was through the unity that market for products would be enhanced.
Museveni came to Kisumu to launch the Great Lakes University of Kisumu Education Trust Fund.
He was invited by Raila Odinga in a deal struck last year December when the Prime Minister presided at a fundraiser for Busoga University in Uganda.
Residents of Kisumu gave Museveni red carpet welcome.