Govt inks KES 50bn deal for repairing Turkana road
29 July 2015, 09:11
Nairobi - Kenya and the World Bank have signed a financing agreement worth KES 50 billion credit to finance the rehabilitation of 283km Loichangamatak-Nakodok road in Turkana County.
The KES 50 billion loan will be used to upgrade critical road infrastructure and replacement of bridges and facilitate regional transport, trade and development by increasing the efficiency of the corridor.
While signing the agreement with the World Bank Country Director Diarietou Gaye at Treasury building, Nairobi, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said the Government will develop the 40km section that lies between Loichangamatak and Lokichar in the same county at a cost of KES 17.6 billion.
“This is part of the Kenya-South Sudan road which will promote intra-trade. The above road is also part of 601 Km road between Lesseru in Eldoret and the Nakodok at the Kenya and South Sudan border that will be rehabilitated at a total cost of about KES 107 billion,” he added.
The Cabinet Secretary said the credit signed between Kenya and the World Bank brings the country’s total development portfolio with the Bank to KES 528 billion. Rotich said the overall programme will be implemented in collaboration with the South Sudan government and its implementation will be coordinated by a Joint Inter-Ministerial Committee (JIMC), representing the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Kenya and the Ministry of Transport, Roads and Bridges of South Sudan.
He said the regional project will support Kenya’s long-term development plan Vision 2030 which focuses on transforming Kenya from a low to middle income country by 2030.
The Cabinet Secretary said: “Modern and efficient infrastructure facilities are required to support the achievement of the vision, which calls for rehabilitation and upgrading of road and rail networks, airports, improving urban public transport and expansion of ICT connectivity”.
He added: “The World Bank Credit will support the Kenya Revenue Authority to manage quality control and harmonization of customs and other border agencies procedures, which include designing of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at the Nakodok border as well as support the Agency to implement an integrated border management system”.
The Cabinet Secretary also said the funds will be utilised to enhance road safety by addressing the corridor’s road safety challenges, which will assist the National Road and Safety Authority (NTSA) to build capacity towards implementation of the safe system approach on road safety.
“The World Bank credit will also be utilized to enhance internet connectivity and support the Information and Communications Technology Authority’s (ICTA) efforts to provide the much needed ICT infrastructure in Kenya,” he added.
Fibre spurs and rings will also be constructed, he said, adding that provision will be made for connecting refugee camps, schools, hospitals and other strategic locations, including pastoralist road side markets, export processing zones, rest stops and community service centres along the corridor.
Mr Rotich said the road whose construction runs from 2016-2021, will facilitate connectivity between Kenya and South Sudan, will provide employment opportunities, benefit farmers, pastoral communities, reduce poverty, strengthen cross-border trade, and reduce transport costs and aid relief supplies and humanitarian efforts in the region.
He commended the African Development Fund of France (AFD), German Development Bank (KfW), the European Union (EU), European Investment Bank (EIB), African Development Bank (AfDB), Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) for pledging to fund the remaining sections of the road between Lokichar and Lesseru under East Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation project.
Present during the function were among others, National Treasury Principal Secretary Dr Kamau Thugge and his Transport and Infrastructure counterpart Engineer John Mosonik.
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