US$322m funding for roads and one-stop border in East Africa

AfDB president, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. Source: AfDB

The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) group have approved US$322.3 million in loans and grants to Burundi and Tanzania to finance the Rumonge-Gitaza (45 km) and Kabingo-Kasulu-Manyovu (260 km) road upgrading project.

AfDB president, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said the project was aimed at strengthening regional integration and trade in the East African Community (EAC), particularly between Tanzania and Burundi, through improved cross-border transport. 

The roads are part of the East African roads network linking the Port of Dar es Salaam to the regional markets in Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

To be completed in 2023, the project comprises several phases, including the upgrading from gravel to bitumen standard of Kabingo-Kasulu-Manyovu (260 km) road section in Tanzania and rehabilitation of Rumonge – Gitaza (45 km) paved road section in Burundi.

“It also involves the construction and operationalisation of a one-stop border post between Tanzania and Burundi at Manyovu/Mugina Border,” said Adesina.

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