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The balance between resource development and environmental protection is “Social Contracting”: The case of LAPSSET project in Kenya

Francis Onditi 1

Abstract

The LAPSSET project is a mega undertaking with heavy investment. Like any other public infrastructure depends entirely on fund availability and proactive involvement of respective governments, particularly Kenya, given its role as the base of the port in Manda. Unfortunately, the mind-set in the region are fixated to believe that hegemonic tendencies of Kenya will divert the initial idea of connecting Africa. Moreover, given the high costs involved compared to most country’s GDP in the region, cooperation with other sub-regions beyond Eastern Africa is indispensable. This article assess the feasibility of the LAPSSET project within the regional political dynamics. 


Keywords

LAPSSET; Kenya; social contracting; Gross Domestic Product

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18063/esp.v3.i1.597
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