Kenya to Southern Sudan Highway gets World Bank funding
The World Bank has announced US$512 million in funding for the construction of a link highway between Kenya and South Sudan.
The project also includes the laying of fibre optic cable to enhance the communication infrastructure in the region.
Robert Mugo, Director of Shared Services at the Kenyan ICT Authority said “The entire Kenya-South Sudan road construction project and the laying of the optic fibre cable is set for completion in two year’s time, we have implemented the road and information superhighway that form the most effective way of accelerating development.”
The fibre optic cable will be installed along the Lokichar to Nedapal highway during the roads construction and will be part of the Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Project.
The project is anticipated to generate increased trade between the two countries enhancing their communication and transportation systems. Kenya’s current exports to South Sudan make up almost 25% of Southern Sudan’s imports.