New road reduces trip Addis Ababa to Nairobi from four days to one

African countries are investing in trade-supporting infrastructure. A good example of this is the Kenya - Ethiopia highway. Local newspapers in the two countries report that the tarmacking of the main road linking Kenya with Ethiopia is expected to be completed by end of 2015.

According to African Review, the 505-kilometre Isiolo-Marsabit-Moyale road is now 60 per cent complete. When the work is finished, Addis Ababa and Nairobi will be connected by tarmac road. The completion of the road is expected to become of great significance to the economies of the two countries. Travelling from Addis Ababa by car would normally take four days, but the new road reduces the trip to one day.

Funding for construction of the road – cost: € 413 million – comes from the African Development Bank, the European Union and the Kenya Government. The road itself will also boost economic activity, as there will be a need for petrol stations, lodges, cottages, banks and other institutions.

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