Transport infrastructure in East Africa 'to be enhanced'
28 February 2011
East Africa's transport infrastructure is set to improve as a $300 million (£186 million) investment has been announced.
The Dar es Salaam port in Tanzania and Mombasa port in Kenya will see operations become automated, while seven one-stop border posts will also be developed in the region, the Citizen reports.
TradeMark East Africa - a multi-donor funded agency - is providing the money for the project, which hopes to cut business deal costs by 40 per cent once it is completed.
"Our focus is on improving key transport corridors and border points in the region to increase efficiency in transactions," said the chief executive officer of the group Frank Matsaert.
He added a large part of the budget is going on infrastructural enhancements, while the price of intra-regional developments will also be reduced.
TradeMark East Africa recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the East African Community (EAC) that will see technical and operational support given to the EAC Secretariat.