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World Bank: Kenya-South Sudan road link to cost $1.3 billion


January 29, 2013 (NAIROBI) – A 960km stretch of road connecting South Sudan and neighbouring Kenya to help boost economic ties between the two countries is expected to cost an estimated $1.3 billion, World Bank officials say.

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A road under construction in Juba, South Sudan (Nation)

The road will link Eldoret in north-western Kenya to South Sudan’s capital of Juba and will be funded by the international donor community, as well as both governments, the World Bank’s transport engineer for Africa, Tesfamichael Mitike, told journalists in Nairobi.

Speaking at a two-day meeting in Nairobi to discuss how both countries will jointly develop the project, Mitike said construction of the road network is due to get underway by mid-2014 once all funding is in place and is expected to take three to four years to complete.

The East African countries are currently developing a number of road, rail and pipeline links to boost trade in the region. Last year, Kenya and South Sudan agreed to build a 2,000-kilometre pipeline to the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu, while in March, construction began on a deep-water port that will serve Kenya’s underdeveloped north, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

The majority of South Sudan’s 7,000 kilometres of roads remain unpaved or in disrepair, according to the US Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, China’s official press agency Xinhua reported.

The dilapidated condition of the road network poses significant restrictions on the movement of freight and people, particularly during the rainy season, World Bank country director for South Sudan Bella Bird told Xinhua.

She also noted that Kenya’s experience in developing major transport arteries will be of help to South Sudanese authorities.

Given the strategic benefits of the corridor, both governments have flagged the road upgrades as a high priority project, said Bird, adding the Juba-Eldoret route would contribute to non-oil-based growth in South Sudan and at the same time speed up the development of north western Kenya.

South Sudan’s minister for roads Lieutenant-General Gier Aluong said his country has committed $7 billion over the next 10 years in infrastructure development out of which $3 billion will be used to upgrade its road infrastructure.

“The government of South Sudan is committed to ensure that the road link to Kenya is urgently rehabilitated so as to promote and facilitate cross border trade of the two neighboring states,” Aluong told Xinhua.

“It is also the shortest and most cost effective route linking South Sudan to the Mombasa port,” the roads minister added.

Kenya’s minister of roads Franklin Bett said that the road section on the Kenyan side is currently being designed and should be completed by May.

The road currently provides passage to more than 90% of the freight transportation from the ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam to South Sudan, said Bett, despite not being designed to carry heavy vehicle traffic.

In some stretches the bitumen surfacing has been completely destroyed and overlaid with gravel in order to make the road passable.

South Sudan Minister of Finance Kosti Ngai said his government will provide about $25 million dollars towards construction of the road.

The African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, China’s Export-Import Bank are among international donors to have shown interest in the project.


Meanwhile, South Sudan’s ministry of physical infrastructure has announced the commencement of road works connecting Jonglei state capital Bor to the three counties of Twic east, Duk and Ayod in northern Jonglei.

Speaking to press last week, the ministry’s director-general, Billy Peter Wall, said they had stepped up construction efforts during the current dry season, particularly the maintenance and repair of roads running from the state’s capital to the nearest counties.

“We are depending too much on the national government to support us with the maintenance of the roads so that constructions [only] reach[es] the counties which are near to the state capital,” Wall said.

The state’s poor road network was repeatedly said to be a major developmental setback by state officials.

Road grading has started from Bor to Ayod through Duk and Twic east counties and is expected to continue to Pathai, a small town between Waat and Ayod county, with its own grader donated by the European Union.

He also recognised the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for donating 90 drums of fuel to start the construction of roads.

Two years ago, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) constructed a 165km road connecting Akobo and Pochalla. Works started two years ago, but suffered due to logistical and transportation issues.

“Taking big machineries to the side was a problem; getting the fuel itself was problem and insecurity in some of the areas on that side was also [a] problem, but this year they will complete [the] Akobo bridge which will support the ministry in transporting machineries,” he said.


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  • 30 January 2013 06:02, by Jalaby

    Well,who is going to finance that $1.3 bn? why don’t you visit Israel again their heart may be kind this time?
    Look,go right go left or even put wings and fly u will come back to Arab/Jalaba at the end of the day,your fate is Arab/Jalaba,your food and blood are there!
    If you want to get rid of them then divert the river Nile from flowing north 2 south if u could!

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    • 30 January 2013 06:22, by Michael Angelo

      What about our God given oil Mr. fake Arabs? Oh, yeah, are you not aware that Sudan is now banned from voting in UN General Assembly due to your country failure to pay membership fees because of bankruptcy.

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    • 30 January 2013 06:23, by Al-mezan

      Jalabi, are you really a Muslim? Are you a human being? Do you believe in humanity? Do you believe that there is Jaheim for pple whose tongues speak fitna? Taub, wa Allah twab Raheem. The Nile was created by Allah for purpose and no one except Him who can change its course.

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      • 30 January 2013 06:58, by master


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      • 30 January 2013 11:11, by Turism

        Micheal& al mazen
        let stop commenting on this fucken guys so called jalabi n master they are misleading the nation in mess shame.......on them

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    • 30 January 2013 06:24, by Mach

      Are you seriously questioning who is going to finance $ 1.3 billion? You see, that’s what happened when you simply rushed to comment before you read the entirety of the article.

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    • 30 January 2013 06:31, by wang

      Jealousies and ignorant will one day cause you a throat cancer similar to what has happened to your step-father (AL Bashir)and eventually will cut off from writing craps. So why do you care about who will be financing that project? South alone without Kenya and World Bank can finance this project

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    • 30 January 2013 06:40, by allan

      TO Jalaba u need to stay the fuck a way from us no one as u guys to financed for us we can do own , i know u got no life that why u always on computer talking abt people bussiness which is not ever urs after u done sucking that gay ass omar albashir, that why he doesnt have first lady may be u r his first lady, i hate arab fucking hommesexually
      GOD bless ROSS

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    • 30 January 2013 07:24, by Observer

      Maybe you should take your own advice and stop commenting until 4pm when maybe by them your brain has been switched on.
      In your narrow focused hatred for S Sudan you didn;t even stop to read the whole article before you commented.
      It says who are possible financers- including China.

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      • 30 January 2013 09:19, by Jalaby

        Rooster (Deek Al-eda),
        When they say China is a possible financier will only fool a "Deek" person like you and other naive Jonobean in this forum but now Jalaby!!
        Remember (not sure how a rooster can remember) when Mr. Kiir visited China and the south said "China pledged to invest $8bn in South infrastructure" and I immediately said:

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        • 30 January 2013 09:24, by Jalaby

          "They’re lying but Mr. Kiir and his team came back empty handed" and it turned out to be true what I said and China declined to build any new pipeline through Kenya when they asked it for that and advised them to start oil production and use Sudan pipeline instead!!
          I won’t waste my time with you,go and find some one from your level and keep yourself busy with!!

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          • 30 January 2013 13:53, by Observer

            What a good idea. I will go find someone on this forum to have an intelligent informed debate with other than have to interact with your low level of intelligence and lack of reasoning.
            You have been wrong so many times lately and once facts are presented to you to refute what you say you stop commenting or stoop to name calling,. just like now.

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            • 30 January 2013 13:57, by Observer

              Once and for all I live and work in Khartoum, am Sudanese and have a Sudanese passport.
              But you just keep making an ass of yourself by your name calling, your bigotry, your lack of ability to hold a well reasoned discussion.
              You provide the rest of us with laughter and entertainment - keep it up. Every website needs an idiot to laugh at and you ( and others from both countries)are i

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    • 30 January 2013 10:23, by hard liner

      Hatred, jeolousy, negativism, and the arabian heart of all for me is what describes your attitude towards south sudan, please think about your bankrupt country... Mind you, ’’its only a stupid dog that goes back to eat its own vomit’’! remember you are our own vomit and we can’t go back to eat you! useless people hahahahaha.... pay your dues to UNGA bankrupt!!!

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    • 30 January 2013 10:36, by Peacocktail

      Jallaba, Master, You will go with the CURSE of insulting God.Black people are in the image of God!why shortened your life becoz bc NCP.
      Our neighbors and our Government is moving faster now..COnnecting Bor Ayod then progress to Akobo to Ethiopia. Loki from Kenya via Nadapal to Juba would be very welcomes new.Eastern Equatoria deserve the crdit of expediting Development.physically Citizens see them

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  • 30 January 2013 06:46, by 4Justice

    High speed freight train transportion is far more economically viable than road transportion, trains can transport a million times more materials faster and cheaper than trucks. With today’s technology, railway tracks can be laid from Juba to Lamu port in just six months, this can also solve the issue of crude oil transportation

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    • 30 January 2013 06:55, by 4Justice

      We can export our iron ore by rail, bring in billions of dollars

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      • 30 January 2013 07:18, by 4Justice

        Trains hauling crude oil

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        • 30 January 2013 07:39, by Hardball

          Well-done Mr. Justice, that’s what we want to see happened other than the pipeline.

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        • 30 January 2013 07:39, by Nuer Empire

          It is not emagination,but it will happen shortly.Why are you hungry with our oil?

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  • 30 January 2013 06:55, by master

    you don’t want to stop your huge imagination

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    • 30 January 2013 08:14, by Robot

      I liked this article, there is a Kenyan proverb that says, " wenye wivu wajinyonge"... shallow-minded nincompoops don’t understand that there are developmental projects in the whole world specifically constructed or renovated through funds from Global bodies like world bank, Africa Developmental Bank and many more....

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      • 30 January 2013 10:44, by Peacocktail

        Robot bravo, Do NCP thugs and criminal supporters like Jallaba, Master and North Sudan,knows whether the Nation contribution to World stability and Peace is fostering the Development of World Bank and Bank of Africa.they concentrated theirs mind on money donate by Osman Bin Alden and ally to Torrorize the World like in Darfur,Nuba Mt.Great thanks to our brothers/Sisters in Kenya for Seeing zat way

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  • 29 May 2013 20:07, by tina11

    Hope you can make enough money to build that important road.
    dating multiple women

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  • 22 June 2013 20:06, by piterbaron

    wowwwww.. Kenya-South Sudan road link to cost $1.3 billion.. Hope you can connect the two countries..
    Tas Branded || batik sarimbit muslim

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