Counting the Gains of Kenya’s Infrastructure Projects

Evaluation of the infrastructure projects in Kenya reveals that the projects are on track and having a huge impact on Kenya’s economic growth.

Indeed the impact of these projects are being felt in the areas of job and wealth creation.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia further corroborated this at the Infrastructure Summit at State House Nairobi on Monday.

Macharia singled out the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), saying at only 88 per cent complete, it has already contributed two per cent growth to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

More than 27, 000 Kenyans have been employed under the SGR project and towns along the new railway are enjoying a business boom.

“SGR will also help boost the efficiency of the Mombasa Port since it will ensure cargo is transported quicker than using road transport,” Macharia said.

Focusing on road subsets

In 2013, only about 14, 000 kilometres of road out of a total stock of 160, 000 kilometres had been tarmacked.

Macharia said increased investment in construction of rural roads, urban roads and highways has seen the construction of an additional 2, 500 kilometres to the initial 7, 600 kilometres of tarmacked highways in the country.

“If we take these three subset of our roads then we will have actually covered the entire country. And this will touch the lives of the 42 million Kenyans.”

Boosting agriculture

Construction of 1, 600 kilometres of planned 4, 000 kilometres of low-volume road is already underway.

Another 3, 000 kilometres of rural roads is under procurement which will bring the total of rural roads under construction to 7, 000 kilometres by the end of 2016.

“On rural roads, the impact in terms of agriculture is massive. Most of our people live in the rural areas and this project is reaching them where they are,” Macharia pointed out.

Regional growth

He also revealed the planned commissioning of the Isiolo-Moyale Highway which will promote Kenya’s trade with Ethiopia as well as boost regional integration.

“Ethiopia has a population of over 100 million people. Certainly, we will now link that very big population to our side and facilitate trade and investment across the border,” he noted.

The CS also mentioned the ongoing Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor which has improved the livelihoods of over one million people and won awards for being an exemplary transport project in Africa.

He also cited the massive development of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) aimed at boosting Nairobi as a regional air transport hub.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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