World Bank: Rwanda transport project allows inter-district movement
23 September 2010
A transport project in Rwanda implemented with support from the International Development Association has helped improve links between the country's major cities.
According to the World Bank, the initiative, which began in 2006, has brought benefits citizens living in Huye, Kigali and Musanze.
Over 500,000 people in Kigali and Huye now have access to 22.6 km of new asphalt and stone paved roads, which has improved access to poor neighbourhoods and boosted transport links between different districts.
As a result, transportation costs have been brought down by as much as 60 per cent, while the prices of staple foods have dropped by 18 per cent.
In addition, two new Kigali bus terminals - Kimironko and Kicukiro - have strengthened transport links, with the former generating approximately $40,000 (£25,534) in revenue per year.
Rwanda received a $15.01 million grant from the World Bank earlier this year, which will be used to help establish a network of public health laboratories across east Africa.