Bank Assists in Launch of Turbi–Moyale Road Upgrading Project

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The construction of the Turbi–Moyale road upgrading project, which is part of the third and last phase of the Mombasa–Nairobi–Addis Ababa Road Corridor Development project, was launched in Moyale, a town that straddles the borders of Kenya and Ethiopia, by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday, November 7.

The Turbi–Moyale road project was approved by the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on November 30, 2011, for a total loan amount of UA 120 million, as part of the Kenyan component of the Mombasa–Nairobi–Addis Ababa Road Development Project – Phase III. The Bank is financing 94 per cent of the civil work. The Turbi–Moyale section is the last section in Kenya to complete the Trans-African Highway from Cairo to Cape Town.

During the ceremony, Kibaki expressed his Government’s appreciation of the Bank for playing a leading role in road infrastructure development, and its continued support as a development partner in Kenya.

The Bank team was led by Gabriel Negatu, Director of the Bank’s East Africa Regional Resource Centre (EARC). In a speech that addressed both dignitaries and local communities, Negatu noted that the Bank’s support to the Government of Kenya dates back to the 1960s and its total financing in the different key sectors now amounts to about US $3 billion. The Bank’s support to Kenya in the three phases of the development of the Mombasa–Nairobi–Addis Ababa road alone amounts to US $429 million, he said, adding that the development of the corridor will have significant impact in regional integration and trade for the benefit of Kenya and Ethiopia, whose combined population stands at 125 million.

Negatu further outlined the projects currently under consideration by the AfDB and reaffirmed the Bank’s continued commitment to support the development endeavours of the country.

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