$107 for Kenya and $88 million for Tanzania to make One Stop Border PostStaff Writer | October 26, 2018
The African Development Fund, the concessional arm of the African Development Bank, extended loans of $107 million to the Republic of Kenya and $88 million to the United Republic of Tanzania to build a modern and more efficient “One Stop Border Post”.
Africa The “One Stop Border Post” project has given a much-needed boost
The “One Stop Border Post” project has given a much-needed boost to commercial and tourism activities between Kenya and Tanzania.
The entire development has helped increase trade, tourism and stimulated the regional economy.
It supports the development priorities of both the Governments of Tanzania and Kenya. It is also in compliance with the Bank Group’s strategy of promoting economic co-operation, regional integration and multinational infrastructure projects.
Co-financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the infrastructure project also facilitates traffic between Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.
The 240-km road particularly is of strategic importance to the East African region and forms part of the priority Corridor No.5 of the East African Community (EAC) Regional Roads Network, which spans from Tunduma in southern Tanzania to Moyale in northern Kenya, and onward to Addis Ababa. The designation of six priority corridors is a result of collaborative effort between the EAC, the Partner States of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya and donors active in the region’s transport sector.
The East African Community (EAC) aims to improve the regional transport infrastructure with a view to supporting economic and social development programmes in two member countries, namely Kenya and Tanzania and fostering regional integration within the East African Community. In this context, both countries’ Governments requested the Bank to finance the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Arusha-Namanga-Athi River trunk road.
Principal beneficiaries of the new infrastructure include local businesses, especially tourism operators within the Arusha, Tsavo and Serengeti Parks; national and regional transport operators; national and regional traders, and residents of Arusha, Namanga, Athi River and Nairobi axis.
The Arusha region is the hub of tourism in Tanzania attracting more than 80 percent of all tourist visitors. About 41 percent and 20 percent of Kenya exports and imports to and from Tanzania respectively go through the project road. ■