Construction of Tanzania-Uganda Roads To Kick-off Soon
Construction of two essential roads linking Tanzania and Uganda is finally set to begin.
These roads will cover 252 kilometers and will be implemented under the Tanzania-Uganda Road Project being coordinated by the East African Community (EAC). The African Development Bank (AfDB) is funding this multi-million project under the Nepad Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF).
Steven Mlote, East African Community’s Deputy Secretary-General (Planning and Infrastructure), reported that the funds are currently being mobilized for this project. He said this during his visit to Arusha, Tanzania, where he received the final project designs from the consultants. M/S LEA International Limited from Canada, in a joint venture with LEA Associates Asia Pvt Ltd from India, is responsible for the project’s designs.
The Masaka-Mutukula section will cover 89 kilometers, while the Mutukula-Kyaka section will cover 30 kilometers. The latter will connect to a 133-kilometer Tanzanian section from Bugene to Kumunazi. This will pass through Kasulo, in the western regions. Mr. Mlote is also the acting Deputy Secretary-General for Finance and Administration of the East African Community (EAC).
He said that the goal of the road network is to improve intra-EAC transportation. “The purpose is to facilitate the development of the regional road transport market in the East African region,” he added. Mr. Mlote also commended the AfDB for funding this significant endeavor. The IPPF is a special fund established to assist African countries with grants to implement mega infrastructural projects.
Photo: Map of the East African Community (EAC) [Staysail | Dreamstime]
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