Development Bank funding
for Tanzania-Kenya road project
upgrading of Voi-Taveta Road falls within Pillar
Vision 2030, the basis for socio-economic
(Xinhua) -- 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.
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.
Regional Director for the East Africa Resource
Center, Gabriel Negatu said road has been
identified in the East African Regional
Integration Strategy Paper (RISP 2011-2015) and
the East African Transport Strategy and Regional
Road Sector Development Program of November 2011
as a priority for intervention.
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,” Negatu said.
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.
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, 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,
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.
say as a result of rapid urbanization coupled with
the explosive growth in motorization, the
transportation system has become inadequate and is
constraining economic growth and limiting access
to job opportunities, education, and recreation.
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.
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.
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.
Tanzania, the Second National Strategy for
Growth and Reduction of Poverty or MKUKUTA II
sets as a target raising the growth of the
transport sector to 9.0 percent by 2015,” the
Kenya, it said, the upgrading of the Voi-Taveta
Road falls within Pillar I of Vision 2030, the
basis for socio-economic transformation.
project road links the Northern Corridor to the
Central Corridor across the common border of
Tanzania and Kenya (Holili/ Taveta) through Arusha,
Minjingu and Babati to Singida and Dodoma.
corridor at completion will link the port of
Mombasa to northern and northwestern Tanzania and
the landlocked countries of Rwanda, Burundi, DRC
and Uganda, providing an alternative route to the
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