Kenya, east Africa’s largest economy, has begun the $960-million process of constructing and upgrading two key roads in the capital of Nairobi through public/private partnerships as part of the multinational Northern Corridor Transport Improvement Project (NCTIP).
On Feb. 24, the country signed an agreement with G8 member-country Japan for partial funding of the construction of the Nairobi Western Ring Road. Japan gave Kenya an initial $420,000 grant for the project. NCTIP is a multibillion-dollar road and air-transport program that aims to link the Great Lakes countries, with an estimated combined population of 120 million, to Kenya ’s seaport of Mombasa. The Great Lakes countries include Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A total of 4,400 kilometers will be either upgraded or constructed across these countries. The corridor also serves northern Tanzania, southern Sudan and Ethiopia.