EU funded Road Rehabilitation in Somalia revitalizes Trade Route

EU funded Road Rehabilitation in Somalia revitalizes Trade Route

EU funded Road Rehabilitation in Somalia revitalizes Trade Route

Somalia’s path to economic development has received a significant boost with the successful revitalization of a crucial trade route between Galkacyo and Garowe in Puntland State. The road, a lifeline for the movement of goods, services, and people, had fallen into disrepair over the years, imperilling essential trade and economic progress.

Thanks to a substantial €6 million funding grant from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) joined forces with the Puntland Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing to breathe new life into the vital 54-kilometer connection. This transformative project, focusing on a trade route that links two major towns in Somalia’s Galmudug and Puntland States, has ushered in a new era of transport infrastructure for the region.

At the heart of the endeavour was the rehabilitation of the Jalam to Harfo section of the road. Previously plagued by heavy traffic, cracks, and surface deterioration, this segment underwent a remarkable transformation. A journey that once consumed 2.5 hours can now be completed in a mere 40 minutes, a testament to the project’s resounding success.

The tangible benefits of improved road conditions have reverberated throughout the region. The surge in commercial traffic has catalysed economic activities and trade, creating a ripple effect that is revitalizing local economies. Moreover, the rehabilitated road has bridged access to remote areas, unlocking fresh avenues for economic expansion and uplifting the overall quality of life for inhabitants.

“The completion of the road rehabilitation between Galkacyo and Garowe marks a significant milestone in Somalia’s journey toward a stronger and more prosperous future,” asserted Ala’a Nemer, Director of UNOPS in Somalia.

Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Somalia, emphasized the EU’s pride in supporting Somalia’s strides toward enhanced trade and investment opportunities. This partnership, underpinned by the EU’s Global Gateway initiative, underscores the commitment to fostering a brighter future for the nation’s populace.

Integral to the project’s success was the engagement of skilled contractors from surrounding communities. This deliberate choice not only invigorated job creation but also facilitated knowledge exchange and capacity building, invigorating the local workforce.

In a forward-looking move, the Puntland Highway Authority underwent comprehensive road maintenance and management training as part of the project. This commitment to training and sustainability promises to ensure the long-term viability of the rehabilitated road, cementing local ownership and stewardship of this transformative endeavour.

As the trade route between Galkacyo and Garowe emerges from its rehabilitation journey, Somalia’s economic prospects shine brighter than ever. The convergence of international support, local expertise, and visionary planning has not only revitalized a road but also paved the way for prosperity, development, and progress in a region that holds untold potential.

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