Friday, 19 April 2013

AfDB approves USD232.5m for Tz-Kenya road project

The African Development Bank has approved two loans totalling 232.5 million U.S. dollars for the 157.5-km road project from Arusha to Holili in Tanzania, and Taveta to Voi in Kenya.

A statement from the regional bank issued in Nairobi on Wednesday said the funds will help reduce the cost of transport and enhance access to agricultural inputs, larger markets and social services within the East Africa Community. 

“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,” AfDB’s Regional Director for the East Africa Resource Center, Gabriel Negatu said.

The Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi Road is one of the transport corridors of the EAC region meant to reduce the cost of doing business, increase competitiveness of the region on the global market and at the same time promote regional integration. Kenya will receive 113.12 million dollars of the two loans approved by the AfDB board, while Tanzania will be awarded 120 million dollars. 

The Bank facility constitutes 89.1 percent of the total project cost. The project, which is expected to be completed by December 2018, is also jointly financed by the Kenyan and Tanzanian governments, contributing 15.6 million dollars and 12.3 million dollars, respectively. The Africa Trade Fund has extended a 0.74-million-dollar-grant for a small component for trade facilitation at the Namanga border, bringing to 262.2 million dollars the total cost of the project.

Experts say as a result of rapid urbanisation coupled with the explosive growth in motorisation, the transportation system has become inadequate and is constraining economic growth and limiting access to job opportunities, education, and recreation.

The statement said 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.

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.


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