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$500m for northern Kenya road upgrade

Published on July 01, 2015

The World Bank Group has approved $500 million for the development of the transport and trade corridor in north-western Kenya.

The general intent is to help improve the livelihoods of the communities in Turkana and West Pokot counties.

“A better road will contribute greatly to the development of north-western Kenya and improve the connectivity of the region to regional and global markets,” Tesfamichael Nahusenay Mitiku and Josphat Sasia, the co-Task Team Leaders of the project said in a recent statement.

This latest initiative falls under the East Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Project.

The project is also meant to improve regional competitiveness by improving the movement of goods and people in East Africa. 

During the past five years or so, northern Kenya has been the focus of increased economic activity associated with the discovery of oil.

Turkana is also strategically placed  as part of the proposed Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor.

 According to Turkana County officials, this gives the region a better accessibility from any transit trade going to and fro neighbouring Kenya counties and countries. In the process, this will unlock its full economic potential. Read more. Source | East African Business Week