Rwanda-Burundi - AfDB Group Approves US$ 45 Million for Road Project
Tunis, 20 Sept 2006 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday in Tunis, approved a grant of 30.20 million Units of Account, about US$ 44.95 million, to finance the Kicukiro-Kirundo Road Project linking Rwanda to Burundi.
The specific objectives of the project are: (i) to create an all-weather road link between Rwanda and Burundi, in order to open up the regions through which the road runs and reduce travel time and general transport costs; (ii) to contribute to the improvement of living conditions of the people of the project area, reduce poverty and (iii) to build the technical and operational capacities of the Road Board and border services. The overall goal of the sector is to strengthen sub-regional integration and to facilitate trade between the two countries and with the outside world.
To achieve these aims, the project is expected to generate the following outpu
- Construction of 97 km of paved roads in a good state (60 km in Rwanda and 37 km in Burundi);
- Development of 149 km of feeder roads connected to the road (69 km in Rwanda and 80 km in Burundi); and 30 protected socioeconomic facilities along the road (schools, health centres, markets, etc.) of which 20 in Rwanda and 10 in Burundi;
- Construction and equipping of a common border crossing with a weighbridge, communication equipment as well as build technical and operational capacities through: (A) the training/retraining of 55 workers (civil engineers, technicians, accountants, environmentalists, etc.) of the Road Board and provision, by technical assistance, of data-processing and office automation equipment to the Project Implementation Monitoring Unit, for its operation; (B) the sensitization of about ten border services workers and 500 border crossing users to the management and operation of the common border crossing; the sensitization of about 300,000 persons in the project impact area to (i) road safety (ii) environmental protection (iii) control of STIs, including HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
The direct beneficiaries of the project comprise the inhabitants of Kicukiro and Bugesera districts in Rwanda and Kirundo Province in Burundi. The total population is estimated at 1.071 million, 44.3% in Rwanda and 55.7% in Burundi.
The total cost of the projects is estimated at 106.12 million UA, about US$ 157.96 million. The ADF grant will finance 28.50 % of the projects. Other donors will support the Rwanda and Burundi governments to complete the project.
The ADB Group began operations in Rwanda and Burundi in 1974. To date, the Bank’s commitments in Rwanda amounts to US$ 554.254 million in 70 projects, while Burundi has received a total commitment of US$386.775 million in 64 projects.
* 1 UA = USD 1.48852 = 816.627 RWF = 1521.66 BIF as at 201/09/2006