The State Minister of Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem says government is accelerating plans to build a highway that will connect Uganda to Ethiopia.

The highway will be part of the Northern Corridor Integrated Project aimed at boosting Uganda’s Infrastructural Development and transport of goods and service to the Horn of Africa.

With Ethiopia expected to reach the mid income Country in the next twenty years, Ethiopia’s economy is mostly agriculture-based, but the government has made a push to diversify into manufacturing, textiles, and energy generation. But while the country has seen and (per the World Bank) will continue to see high GDP growth, per capita income remains ones of the lowest in the world.

During the recent meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Ministers, President Museveni used the occasion to extend an invitation to Ethiopian investors to come to Uganda and tap into the abundant opportunities in the hotels, leather products and textiles industries. He proposed that the Trade Ministers of the two countries exchange import lists with the goal of identifying the products that may be traded between Uganda and Ethiopia.

He stressed that Uganda and Ethiopia should work towards the development of trade routes linking them. He suggested the use of the Karamoja – North Turkana route and that the 2 countries could also look into the development of the Northern Uganda – Juba – South Ethiopia route. He observed that the Turkana valley could be used to develop a good road network and an inter-state electricity supply line.