World Bank Approves Sh81bn Isiolo-Mandera Road
The World Bank has approved Sh81.3 billion loan to Kenya for the upgrade of the 750-kilometer Isiolo-Mandera road and the laying of the fiber-optic cable. The upgrade is aimed towards improving the movement of people and goods, digital connectivity and access to social services for over 3.2 million people living in the North-Eastern region where the Isiolo-Mandera Regional Road Corridor traverses.
“The World Bank will finance the upgrading of 365 kilometers of the 740-kilometers Isiolo-Mandera Regional Road Corridor and 30km of spur roads, while the upgrading of the remaining sections will be financed by other development partners,” said Kenya’s World Bank Country Director Keith Hansen.
The loan will finance the scheme dubbed the Horn of Africa Gateway Development Project (HoAGDP) which will help in the laying of a fiber optic cable along the entire 740-kilometer corridor with spurs to local communities.
Hansen noted that the upgraded road, the fiber optic connections, and the provision of basic social services will attract investments, facilitate regional and domestic trade, create jobs, and improve information sharing and access to internet-based opportunities.