European Union (EU) committed to supporting Kenya’s infrastructural projects by providing a grant worth Ksh10 billion (€85 million).
A statement dated Thursday, November 24, indicated that the grant would be utilised by the government to upgrade and build the coastal corridor project.
The project is part of the Mombasa – Kilifi highway, which is expected to link Kenya to Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
“EU is providing Ksh10 billion (€85 million) in grants for the upgrade of these highway projects in Kenya,” the union’s statement read in part.
President William Ruto during the commissioning of the Mtwapa-Kwa Kadzengo road, which is part of the multinational road linking Malindi in Kenya to Bagamoyo in Tanzania, on Friday, November 19, 2022.
Mombasa – Kilifi Highway was conceived to help connect the Port of Mombasa to that of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania and benefit Ethiopia and South Sudan, both landlocked countries.
It was touted to facilitate trade, accessibility and cross-border movement.
The super highway is also expected to promote tourism in the country and the other three nations.
According to European Union, youths in the region will benefit from training programmes centred around technology and innovation,
“After 30 years of cooperation with Kenya in the transport sector, we commit to quality and sustainable development, training programmes for youth and improvement for non-motorised transport, all for the benefit of the local population,” EU added.
On November 19, President William Ruto vowed to utilise the funds properly to see the completion of the projects in the completion in the coastal region during the commissioning of the Mtwapa-Kwa Kadzengo road in Kilifi County.
“I thank our partners and I promise to ensure the resources are utilised properly, and nobody is going to abuse the funds in our hands to develop infrastructure,” Ruto pledged.
At the same time, he vowed to promote infrastructural development to improve connectivity in the region.
File photo of a two-lane highway.
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