The East African Community (EAC) has secured $1.4 million for a feasibility study on a key section of the Northern Transport Corridor linking Kenya and Uganda.
The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote disclosed that the funding from the African Development Bank would be used to conduct feasibility studies on the 256 km multinational Kisumu-Kisian-Busia/Kakira – Malaba-Busitema-Busia expressway project.
Eng. Mlote said that part of the AfDB funding would also be for the feasibility studies for the upgrading of the Malaba, Busia and Lwakhakha border posts along the Kenya-Uganda border.
The EAC Secretariat secured a commitment of 10 million Euros from Germany in December 2022 for purposes of financing of feasibility studies towards upgrading trade infrastructure in the region.
Mlote’s comments came during the opening session of the EAC Sectoral Council on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (SCTCM) that was held in Bujumbura, Burundi from 6th – 10th February, 2023.
Burundi’s Minister for Infrastructure, Equipment and Social Housing, Captain Dieudonne Dukundane emphasised the importance of introducing performance indicators in the TCM report in future as a way of assessing progress in the implementation of the directives of the sectoral council.
The SCTCM called on Tanzania and Burundi to implement the EAC Roaming Framework by 30th August, 2023 and provide the status of implementation to the next Summit of the EAC Heads of State.