Infrastructural Development Key for The Economy

By October this year, the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta had tarmacked more than ten thousand kilometers of roads throughout the country. The milestone was well above the estimated milestone which the government has promised almost close to nine years ago. Modernization of public infrastructure to meet the demands of a modern economy has remained one of the most vital considerations by the government in its pursuit of transforming Kenya’s infrastructure. They include expansion of the light rail system in Nairobi, construction of inter-country railways and highways, expansion of the healthcare facilities, construction of shaded and safe markets across the country, and refurbishment of the Kisumu-Nairobi railroad as well as Nairobi-Nanyuki railway.

Modernization of Kenya’s infrastructure while largely capital intensive is important for other sectors of the economy including stimulating growth in real estate, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, and tourism and attraction of foreign direct investments.

On Monday, the country witnessed the pre-launch of the 744km horn of Africa gateway road project which is set to officially kick off in January 2021. The project will not only link the northern frontier counties but will also be vital for Kenya’s bilateral trading with Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

Dividends from the ongoing mega infrastructural projects will help to improve the lives of ordinary Kenyans by enhancing faster and safer transport as well as becoming a major incentive to investments in other sectors of the economy which will lead to the creation of direct and indirect employment opportunities to many Kenyans.

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