Published on : Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Kenyan government has developed ball rolling on expanding connectivity of the East Africa region through the development in nfrastructure.
This follows the endorsement of the medium term budget of the country for the financial year 2019- 2020 by the Cabinet, which has also promoted the establishment of the Eastern Africa Regional Roads Authorities Forum The cabinet meeting was headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, and attended by Cabinet Secretaries led Deputy President William Ruto.
Once established EARRAF, will provide a platform for the coordination of road infrastructure in East Africa particularly transnational roads in terms of design, standards and costing.
EARRAF will bring agencies responsible for the implementation and management of road infrastructure together in the regions like KenHA, KURA, KeRRA and the Kenya Roads Board in Kenya, Uganda National Roads Authority, Tanzania National Roads Agency among others.
This shows up as Kenya and Tanzania gets all prepared for construction of the US $751.3 million highway linking the two countries, a project being spearheaded by the African Development Bank.
In 2017, AfDB had set aside US $289 million as it was looking for partners to jointly invest in the project which runs from Malindi at the Kenyan Coast to Bagamoyo in Tanzania.
On the other hand, the President Kenyatta chaired Cabinet simultaneously considered the recent First Ordinary Session of African Tourism Ministers meeting in Nairobi, which resolved to press on the fast tracking of the establishment of the African Tourism Organization as an important agency in terms of endorsing the continent as a preferred global tourism destination.