Excitement builds ahead of new Lamu port's opening

President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the ongoing construction works of LAPSET project in Lamu County. [Standard]

The Lamu port has lately been receiving many visitors, among them envoys, ahead of its opening next month.

The port is part of the Sh2.5 trillion Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) corridor project.

Envoys who have recently visited the new port include ambassadors Tikea Meles Alem (Ethiopia), Gregory Vasili (South Sudan), Kyle McCarter (US), and UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriot. 

Uganda's consulate official, Katureebe Tayebwa, has also toured the port.

The envoys have commended the speedy completion of the port's first berth.

On Monday the South Sudan's envoy said the port and the entire LAPSSET corridor project would open up the landlocked country for business and employment opportunities. “We're very happy with the progress at the port,” he said.

The Ethiopian envoy said the port would boost relations between the two countries and create jobs. “Ethiopia, being a landlocked country, will be one of the countries to benefit from the project,” he said.

According to LAPSSET director-general Silvester Kasuku, at least 33 shipping companies have either sent representatives to tour the port or will do so before the opening date. The first large vessel is scheduled to dock at the port on October 20.

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