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Kenya secures funds for a highway project

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 25/03/2015 (11:34)
According to media reports, Kenya has secured 123 million dollars for the Mombasa-Mariakani Highway upgrade project from the African Development Fund, following an approval from the African Development Bank Group. The project is also co-financed by Germany’s KfW, the European Investment Bank and the Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.

Currently, the road experiences persistent congestion that hinders access to Kenya’s main sea port, Mombasa, due to high traffic volumes, especially of heavy trucks.

The project will see the widening of a 41.7-kilometre stretch of the Mombasa-Mariakani Highway. Flyovers, bus bays, service roads, truck parking, pedestrian foot bridges, walkways, street lighting and associated soft components will all be erected along the road.

The project is important for Kenya as it will be a key import and export gateway. The project will also be an important section of the Northern Corridor, which links the port of Mombasa in Kenya with the land locked eastern and central African countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Meanwhile, back in January, Kenya had also signed a $270 million loan deal with Japan in order to help expand the capacity at Mombasa port, which is a very busy facility and a main trade gateway to East Africa. The Mombasa port handles fuel, consumer goods and other imports for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, as well as regional tea and coffee exports.

Neighboring states and regional firms have been putting pressure on Kenyan authorities to improve handling and efficiency in the port as trade to and from the region grows. On another note, Kenya’s southern neighbor Tanzania is also working on making its Dar es Salaam port more efficient and plans to add another container terminal, enhancing competition in the region.
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