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Chapter 34: Towards a Minor Global Architecture at Lamu, Kenya

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Towards a Minor Global Architecture at Lamu, Kenya
Towards a minor global architecture at Lamu, Kenya
Lindsay Bremner
Introduction

On March 2, 2012, under a large, festive white tent on the beach just north of Lamu, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, South Sudan's president, Silva Kiir, and Ethiopia's prime minister, Meles Zenawi, surrounded by throngs of local people, television crews and military personnel, launched the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project (LAPSSET) and construction began on the first US$23 billion-phase of a new port and oil refinery. “I have no doubt” said President Kibaki at the inauguration ceremony, “that this day will go down in history as one of the defining moments when we made a major stride to connect our people ...

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