Kenya launches the 176m USD Turbi-Moyale road linking Kenya and Ethiopia
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki launched a construction of a key road linking the country to Ethiopia last week which will have a big impact on the wider East African region in terms of trade and regional integration. Kibaki said the USD 176 million Turbi-Moyale Road will also enhance trade between the two countries, open up Northern Kenya for more trade and business activities and contribute to an increase in the volume of Ethiopian goods transiting through the port of Mombasa. “Indeed, we expect that upon completion, this road will result in reduction of transport costs, shortening of transit times for imports and exports, and reduced vehicle operating costs,” Kibaki said in Moyale, northern Kenya. The Turbi-Moyale Road is the last Kenyan section of the Trans-Africa Highway Corridor. The 122 km road section is the third phase of the Isiolo-Moyale road corridor being upgraded to bitumen standards by the government with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Kenyan section of the corridor starts at the Tanzanian border of Namanga, through Nairobi, Thika Super Highway-Isiolo, Marsabit and terminates at the border with Ethiopia in Moyale. To further facilitate trade and transport between Kenya and Ethiopia, Kibaki stressed that the project will also incorporate the construction of a one stop Border Post at Moyale and a weighbridge.