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NAIROBI (Reuters) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will lend Kenya 12.5 billion shillings to build a road connecting east Africa's biggest economy with its northern neighbour Ethiopia, officials said on Tuesday.

The new 123 km (76 mile) route is designed to open up remote regions of Kenya's north that have been isolated from the rest of the country, as well as encourage regional trade.

"(The project) is aimed at improving the socio-economic situation of the people in the regions through which it will pass," Kenyan Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta said, adding that water wells would be drilled in communities along the route.

"The road will open up a vast territory ... (and) will greatly improve the flow of trade between the two countries."

No good road connects the countries. The current route cannot be used in all weather conditions and is in a very bad state, Kenyatta said. The new road will enter Ethiopia at Moyale.

The Tunis-based AfDB has committed 140 billion shillings to various Kenyan development programmes to date, Kenyatta said. Currently 18 projects funded by the bank are underway, including energy, health and agriculture schemes.
Great news for both Kenya and Ethiopia. :cheers:
 

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Kenya and EU in Sh15.4 billion finance deal

The government and the European Union on Tuesday signed six financing agreements that will see Kenya receive Sh15.4 billion with roads taking Sh10 billion.

This follows what Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta called a long negotiation process between the two sides.

Importantly, the grant would benefit sectors that are critical to driving the economy, he said during the event at his Nairobi office.

“These are not peanuts,” said European head of delegation Eric van der Linden. “It is a grant therefore there is no indebtedness to Kenyans.”

Roads and Transport will get Sh790 million for technical assistance and sector policy studies.

There is a further Sh9.3 billion to upgrade 122 kilometres of Merille-Marsabit road.

This is expected to improve regional economic integration because the road is part of the Nairobi-Addis Ababa highway.

Mr van der Linden lauded Kenya for forming the Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Urban Roads Authority to manage, develop, rehabilitate and maintain highways, rural and urban roads, respectively.

“This creates independence and focused attention to roads,” he said.

To promote sustainable use of natural resources and improve livelihoods of the poor by developing schools and hospitals, the EU would provide Sh3.4 billion.

Private sector

And to assist private sector growth and competitiveness so as to accelerate economic growth and create employment, the EU will give Sh493 million.

A further Sh483 million will be granted to enhance cooperation between Kenya and the EU. Kenya would also get Sh966 million to address negative ethnicity, rebuild democracy and promote rule of law.

Local Government minister Musalia Mudavadi said that the biggest challenge the country faces is the ability and skills to manage new devolved structure under the proposed constitution.

“The EU’s support will prepare the country acquire the expertise and skills to manage the new reality when the new constitution comes into play,” he said during the meeting.
http://www.nation.co.ke/business/ne...nce deal/-/1006/902850/-/153r218/-/index.html
 

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I can't believe it actually took this long to fix this road! The Ethio gov just recently finished the road all the way to Moyale. The Addis-Awassa section was completed years and years ago.

I cannot wait until rail connects Addis - Nairobi. I would love to ride that route!
 

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I cannot wait until rail connects Addis - Nairobi. I would love to ride that route!
Join the club. I want to make my first trip to Addis by road. I've noticed some of the regional bus companies (the ones that criss-cross the EAC) are already planning routes to Addis.:)
 

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A decent Addis-Nairobi road network is a wonderful idea. What is the government doing to curb highway banditry in Northern Kenya?
Join the club. I want to make my first trip to Addis by road. I've noticed some of the regional bus companies (the ones that criss-cross the EAC) are already planning routes to Addis.:)
 

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A decent Addis-Nairobi road network is a wonderful idea. What is the government doing to curb highway banditry in Northern Kenya?
Does it exist?That will be news to me.
 

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Does what exist, banditry or the road? Highway banditry in North Eastern Kenyan has been with us since the sixties. The Nairobi-Mombasa, Nairobi-Nakuru highways have had their share, especially when it comes to buses, and these are areas heavily patrolled by police.
Does it exist?That will be news to me.
 

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Does what exist, banditry or the road? Highway banditry in North Eastern Kenyan has been with us since the sixties. The Nairobi-Mombasa, Nairobi-Nakuru highways have had their share, especially when it comes to buses, and these are areas heavily patrolled by police.
:lol::lol::lol::lol: damn you still need a lot of geography lessons to learn :bash: the last time i checked moyale and isiolo were not north eastern province but the upper eastern province :) for your information the Mandera-wajir-Garissa highway is the most save and secure road in Kenya today. it was notrious for banditry in late nineties but not now :cheers:to conclude it no highway is safe today in the country :bash:
 

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Excuse me for not being very exact in my post. What I should have done is something like this: Eastern-North Eastern provinces. And where did I get the idea of Eastern province? Could it be that I read the entire article that started this thread? Please read it again and tell me whether you see North Eastern province mentioned. There is something wrong when people live in denial. More often than not, there are those who tend to dismiss anything that may depict them or their homeland in a negative light. I can guarantee you that many Somalis will kill me if I told them that their country was a 'failed state', even though that's an irrefutable fact. Banditry has been a problem in the aforementioned area for a long time and not just in the nineties: Do you remember the SHIFTA menance? Highway banditry is still a big problem in Eastern-North Eastern provinces. In some areas armed escort is still recommended, just as it was for me in 1980 when I travelled from Nairobi to Garissa. And if you doubt it, read the articles below and it is not one from the nineties: They are from 2009 and 2010.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=1144027985&cid=4

http://allafrica.com/stories/200912281423.html

http://wardheernews.com/News_010/14_Northern_Kenya_travelogue_Part1.html

http://www.nation.co.ke/magazines/money/-/435440/816402/-/r0nmk8/-/index.html






:lol::lol::lol::lol: damn you still need a lot of geography lessons to learn :bash: the last time i checked moyale and isiolo were not north eastern province but the upper eastern province :) for your information the Mandera-wajir-Garissa highway is the most save and secure road in Kenya today. it was notrious for banditry in late nineties but not now :cheers:to conclude it no highway is safe today in the country :bash:
 
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