The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, is in Nairobi for a four day tour of the country during which he will inspect key Bank projects in the country.
< p>Dr. Adesina will inspect the Kenol-Sagana-Marua highway project, co-funded by AfDB with US$191 million, while the Government of Kenya is contributing US$52 million and the Africa Growing Together Fund is contributing US$33 million.
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The project involves upgrading the current 84 km bi-directional bitumen road a dual carriageway dual carriageway, and is expected to improve access to the Northern Corridor by reducing time required by approximately 26 percent and costs by 35 percent.
“The road will augment the Kenyan government’s efforts to improve the quality of life of the people of Kenya. It will reduce travel time, expand markets across national borders and increase rural productivity in the project regions,” AfDB’s Director General for East Africa, Nnenna Nwabufo, commented on the project.
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The highway connects the capital with the central ones , upper eastern and northern parts of the country and is part of Kenya’s section of the Trans-Africa Highway connecting Cairo to Cape Town, “aiming at promoting trade, enterprise and general movements across Africa and thereby regional economic and social integration to promote.”
According to the original plan, the project should be completed by the end of 2024 and also included the construction of complementary social facilities, including the construction of a hospital trauma center, bus parking spaces tze, a modern market and Bodaboda sheds.
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< p>According to AfDB, the first phase of the highway, which stretches 36 km from Kenol to Sagana, is expected to be completed by the end of July this year.
During her stay in Kenya, Dr. Adesina senior government officials, including the President, meet Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for National Finance and Planning, Ambassador Ukur Yatani, who is also the Bank Governor for Kenya.
He will also join the Kenya Diplomatic Corps and Bank officials meet international developing partner countries “to discuss opportunities for further cooperation.”