Tuesday December 12, 2017

Kenya, South Sudan step up campaign to build Eldoret-Juba Highway

– Addressing the reporters at his office after meeting Kenya Ministry of Roads and Bridges Franklin Bett said, “the two government (South Sudan and Kenya) are in talk to construct the 920 kilometer Eldoret-Juba Highway that is estimated to cost $1 billion (about Sh85 billion).”

“Upgrading of the Juba-Nadapal-Eldoret Highway is critical to success of integration and growth of trade between the two countries and the region as a whole,” Mr Bett continued.

South Sudan minister for Roads and Bridges, Mr Gier Aluong said, “the country’s citizens (South Sudan) have put the government under pressure to upgrade the road network, which has immense social, economic and geopolitical importance.”

Detailed design consultancy has been concluded on the South Sudan side, but the same is to be completed on Kenyan side by April 2013.

Mr. Bett further said, “the governments of Kenya and South Sudan have requested the World Bank to play the leading role in seeking syndicated funds as this is a priority project that needs fast tracking.”

“In view of the fact that the road is over 960 kilometers, and of the huge investment required, the two ministries requested for a joint meeting with the World Bank Project Identification Mission to urge the bank to continue its lead and coordinating role in seeking syndicated financing for the project,” Mr. Bett said.
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