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Old June 26th, 2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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World Bank approves $300 million for Kenyan roads


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Nairobi: The World Bank has approved a Sh25 billion ($300 million) loan for reconstruction of Kenya’s major western transport corridor, to improve the business climate in the region and strengthen regional integration of the East African Community. The Kenya Transport Sector Support Project approved by the bank’s board of executive directors last week will finance upgrading of the Kisumu-Kakamega-Webuye-Kitale roads on the Tanzania-Kenya-Sudan transport corridor, and rehabilitation of sections of the northern corridor in coast region.

It will also support improvement of the runway at Mombasa International Airport, Kenya’s second largest airport.

World Bank country director for Kenya, Johannes Zutt, said the bank is making this investment in Kenya’s two most important road corridors to help it transform into a modern middle-income economy. “This project will reduce bottlenecks on transit traffic and trade, particularly in the western region, opening up trade and investment opportunities for Kenya and the wider East African region,” Mr Zutt said during the launch of Africa Road Safety Corridor at Malaba.

The African Road Safety Corridor Initiative supported by the bank and Total seeks to improve road safety to contain carnage along the corridor. Mombasa-Nairobi-Malaba-Kampala-Kigali-Bujumbura road was chosen because of its heavy traffic, especially lorries transporting goods across the region.

The road safety plan aims to reduce significantly, road traffic deaths and injury in Africa, through promotion of road safety policies and regulatory packages for driving code, targeted road safety awareness campaigns, research and documentation of corridor road safety.

Total Africa senior vice-president, Alain Champeaux, said road safety is a humanitarian crisis and development issue in Africa. He said Africa has the world’s most dangerous road networks with a fatality rate estimated at about 28 deaths per 100,000 people yearly, which is significantly higher than other continents.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said laxity in adjudication of traffic offences and weak enforcement of traffic laws has given leeway to speeding, overloading, obstruction, unattended motor vehicles and drunk driving to cause to more mayhem.
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The good news just keeps on coming. It's evident that the more we work together, the better things will get for us.
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The good news just keeps on coming. It's evident that the more we work together, the better things will get for us.
....for sure!! keep it that way.


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