The World Bank Group has approved 500 million U.S. dollars for the development of the transport and trade corridor linking Kenya with South Sudan, a statement confirmed on Friday.

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The World Bank credit for the East Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Project aims to improve the movement of goods and people in the region, according to the World Bank statement.
The new financing facility will support upgrading of the road linking Kenya to its neighbors in the northwestern border and also enhance internet connectivity between the countries and the rest of world, it added.
The road project will cost an estimated 676 million U.S. dollars, with the balance being contributed by the Kenyan government.
“Kenya has a long established transport and trade link to the northwest, but the poor state of the road constrains growth opportunities along this important corridor,” said Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya.
The project will support farmers, pastoralists and small business entrepreneurs along the corridor and help boost exports of agricultural, livestock, fishery and mineral products from northwestern Kenya, Gaye said.
Tesfamichael Nahusenay Mitiku and Josphat Sasia, the co-task team leaders of the project, said the project will also facilitate the flow of goods and movement of people by considerably reducing transport costs and travel times from Mombasa to Juba in South Sudan, which now takes as much as five to eight days.
The upgrading of the 309 km road section from Lokichar to Nadapal/Nakodok will be part of a major undertaking by the governments of Kenya and South Sudan to rehabilitate 595 km of the road linking Eldoret in Kenya to Juba, South Sudan’s capital.
The upgraded road will link up to other major transport and trade corridors in the Eastern African region, and will reduce the cost of doing business in the East African Community. Enditem

-Xinhua

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