Ethiopia & Kenya: US$ 326.5 Million for Road Project

July 7, 2009

Road Construction Kenya and Ethiopia

The African Development Bank AfDB last week approved a major $326.5 million loan to finance the second phase of a road project that is going to link Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Mombasa in Kenya.

It involves the construction of a total of 438 km road sections including 245 km Merille River-Marsabit-Turbi road section in Kenya and 193 km Ageremariam-Yabelo-Mega road section in Ethiopia, the construction of roadside socio-economic infrastructure, and the construction of a One-Stop-Border-Post.

By linking Kenya and Ethiopia, this major road construction project will have a great impact on the whole of region of the wider East Africa region in terms of trade and regional integration. Increased connectivity between Kenya and Ethiopia some of the current and undergoing construction projects extend to also include Uganda, Tanzania, Eritrea, and Djibouti. However, since the corridor is being developed in phases, the project area for the first and second phases lies mostly in the Northeast of Kenya and the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa to Mombasa

Addis Ababa to Mombasa

Transport and shipping costs will be cut by the road as well as transit timesĀ for imports and exports and increase the volume of Ethiopian goods transiting through the Mombasa Port in Kenya.

The development of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Abeba road corridor into a viable trade route requires an integrated approach. Also needed to develop regional synergies and ensure the successful achievements of the project targets are capacity expansion of the port of Mombasa, the construction of transit infrastructure facilities, as well as further governmental policy adjustments and operational changes for trade and transport facilitation.

Ethiopia’s 2005-2010 second Poverty Reduction Strategy, known as the Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to end Poverty (PASDEP) prioritizes infrastructure development to support industrialization and commercialization of agriculture.

Several donors including the European Union and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are actively involved in the program.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ALI OUNSA June 15, 2012 at 14:28

Dear Sirs,
We are a Sudanese road contractor.More recently we have finished the construction of the continental Sudan with Egypt.We are looking forward to enter the ethiopian market.We woul be very grateful if you could kindly pin point road projects available in Ethiopia

2 June 11, 2017 at 05:31

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Ethiopia. Regards

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