Yesterday the 19th/January/2018, government of Uganda signed a 94.52 million U.S. dollars (343 billion Uganda Shillings) loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to be used to expand a major road linking Uganda and Kenya through the Kapchorwa - Bukwo - Suam border.
The road is part of a multinational project involving Uganda and Kenya named the Kapchorwa-Suam-Kitale and Eldoret Bypass Roads Project.
Officials said on Friday this week that the construction of the 105.76 million dollars road is expected to last for four years, and will be partly financed through government counterpart funds.
The road is expected to open trade through the eastern part of the country, by linking Uganda to Kenya.
Government of Uganda is to provide 11.24 million U.S. dollars to ensure that the project is completed on time, since this is a transformative project that will contribute to social economic development and poverty reduction in both eastern Uganda and western Kenya.
According to the African Development Bank (AfDB) officials, the stretch from Kapchorwa to Kitale measures 118 kilometers, and once completed, will provide an all-weather access for citizens, farmers and traders.
The project will also include construction of a one-stop border post at Suam to facilitate trade between the two countries’, travelers and transport operators.
Once completed in 2021, the project will also contribute to improving the living standards of the 1.4 million people in the project zone of influence.
This road will boost trade in the productive sub regions of Bugisu, Karamoja and Sebei known for the production of maize, barley, sorghum and coffee, among others.
It is also understood that in the rainy season, the current gravel road often gets flooded and denies access to goods that could cross from Uganda to Kenya.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) director general, Gabriel Negatu supports upgrading the road as it will reduce travel time between the two countries, and contribute to poverty reduction by improving household incomes and well-being through increased access to markets and social services.
The project is also in line with the East African Community (EAC) regional integration agenda, and is in line with the African Development Bank (AfDB) objective to accelerate Africa's transformation through promoting regional integration and improving people's living standards.
The bank also aims to increase agricultural production on the continent through access to markets and promoting industrialization.
The bank promises it will bring throughout the project cycle, engineering, environmental and economic expertise and experience to realize the objectives and benefits of this project.
Works and transport minister, Monica Ntege assures this will provide access for the supply of farm inputs and distribution of produce to major market centers.
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