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Kenya receives $113m for road project

18 April 2013, 10:58 Maria Macharia

Nairobi - The African Development Bank has approved loans worth US $232.5 million for a road project aimed at reducing the cost of transport and enhance access to agricultural inputs, larger markets and social services within East Africa.

The 157.5-kilometre road project is from Arusha to Holili in Tanzania and Taveta to Voi in Kenya.

Kenya will receive $113.12 million of the two loans approved by the AfDB Board, while Tanzania will be awarded USD 120 million. The bank facility constitutes 89.1% of the total project cost.

AfDB’s Regional Director for the East Africa Resource Centre, Gabriel Negatu, confirmed the loan approval, explaining that the road had been identified in the East African Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP 2011-2015) and the East African Transport Strategy and Regional Road Sector Development Programme of November 2011 as a priority for intervention.

“The East African Community seeks to improve regional transport infrastructure to support economic and social development programs in the region, promote tourism and foster regional integration and at the same time reduce the cost of doing business by supporting cross-border and international trade,” Negatu said.

The Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi Road is a transport corridor of the East African Region that links the Northern Corridor at Voi to the Central Corridor across the common border at Holili/Taveta through Arusha, Babati to Dodoma and Singida.

The project will comprise civil works for the construction of the Arusha Bypass (42.4 km) and dualling the Sakina-Tengeru section (14.1 km) as well as the construction of two roadside amenities at Tengeru, one on either side of the dual carriageway in Tanzania.

Scheduled for completion in 2018, it will also involve the upgrading of the Taveta-Mwatate portion (89 km) and construction of the Taveta Bypass (12 km) and two roadside amenities, one each at Bura and Maktau along the Mwatate-Taveta Road in Kenya.

- CAJ News



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