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Kenya, Tanzania to launch Sh12 billion roads project

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Invisible, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Invisible

    Invisible Admin Staff Member

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    Written by Dan Obiero
    April 22, 2009

    The East African Community is moving to improve the road network from the Tanzanian border through Kenya to Uganda and Ethiopia up to the Sudan to improve the region’s economies.

    EAC will next week launch the Tanzanian-Kenyan section of a regional roads project costing more than Sh12 billion in Tanzania as it conducts a study on the region’s transport strategy and roads development.

    President Kibaki and his Tanzanian counterpart, Jakaya Kikwete, are expected to launch the $156.3 million Arusha – Namanga – Athi River road development project next Tuesday in an event also to be witnessed by presidents from the other partner states and donor representatives.

    The roads project, which is a collaborative effort between the East African community, the partner states and donors targeting projects in the region’s transport sector is to facilitate ease of traffic from Zambia, through Tanzania, Kenya to Ethiopia, and Uganda up to Sudan.

    The two presidents will initiate the projects at the road site 20 kilometres on the Arusha-Namanga Road on the Tanzanian side before attending the 10th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State of the East African Community scheduled for Wednesday, next week.

    Last week, the East African Community’s Sectoral Council on Transport Communications and Meteorology met in Arusha and deliberated on the road’s launch.

    Ms Linda Bihire chaired the meeting that was attended by Transport minister Chirau Ali Makwere, Information and Communications minister Samuel Poghisio, and Dr Wilfred Machage, an Assistant Minister for Roads who reiterated the importance of the road.

    Strategic importance

    “The road is of strategic importance to the region and forms part of the priority Corridor No 5 of the EAC Regional Roads Network which spans from Tunduma in southern Tanzania to Moyale in northern Kenya, and onward to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” read a statement to the press that is also available on the EAC website after the meeting.

    The road will enhance import/export traffic from the port of Mombasa to the main land a, Ms Bihire said.

    The construction of the project is being co- financed by the African Development Bank for the Kenya component and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency for the Tanzania component providing a jointly, a loan totalling $156.3 million.

    ADB gave Kenya a Sh7 billion loan for the 135 km stretch between Athi River and Namanga while Tanzania received Sh5 billion from JICA for the 105 km long Arusha – Namanga Section. The two governments have provided counterpart funding of up to Sh600 million to augment the loans.

    The Kenyan project started in November, 2007, and is expected to be completed by the end of next year; while work on the Tanzanian link began late last year and is expected to last three years.

    Meanwhile, Ms Bihire, who is also the Rwandese Minister for Infrastructure, said the Sectoral Council also witnessed the signing of the contract on the study for the EAC Transport Strategy and Regional Roads Development Programme between the EAC Secretariat and Africon Ltd.

    “The objective of the transport strategy is to identify regional strategic priorities and resources for transport sector development and operational needs for the medium term in line with EAC development goals,” she said.

    Source: Business Daily
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    This is a good way foward for the region!
  3. Smatta

    Smatta JF-Expert Member

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    Great progress for the federation.