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Construction begins on $700m airport project in eastern Rwanda

8th September 2017 Construction has started on a $700-million airport project in eastern Rwanda, which the country's government says will be a major boost to efforts to integrate the East African Community and boost intra-Africa trade. "Bugesera International Airport is [also] an important part of Rwanda's strategy... 

Contract awarded for Kenya’s first expressway

8th September 2017 US company Bechtel International has been awarded the construction contract for Kenya’s first expressway, which has been dubbed one of the most important new pieces of infrastructure in the East African Community region. The 473 km high-speed expressway, connecting Nairobi, the country's capital,... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Japan-Africa initiative to help improve electricity access on the continent

11th August 2017 Efforts to increase electricity access in Africa have received a major boost following the launch of the Japan-Africa Energy Initiative (JAEI). Through the JAEI, the Japanese government intends to provide up to $6-billion in both concessional and nonconcessional loans to support the New Deal on... 

Kenya set to build three industrial megaparks

7th July 2017 Kenya has embarked on the construction of three industrial megaparks in an effort to attract investors and spur growth in the struggling manufacturing sector. The East African nation, which has lost its manufacturing competitive edge to Ethiopia, plans to build the megaparks as part of the Kenya... 

Djibouti commissions $590m multipurpose port

23rd June 2017 Djibouti has commissioned its $590 state-of-the-art Doraleh multipurpose port, at a time when fellow East African nations Kenya and Tanzania are investing heavily in port expansion in a bid to become the region's shipping hub. The new port, which occupies a 690 ha site, comprises 15 berths that... 

Automakers eye fast-growing East Africa as they set up shop in Kenya

23rd June 2017 Global automakers have, in recent years, established assembly plants in Kenya as they seek to increase sales in East Africa, sub-Saharan Africa's fastest-growing region. East Africa, of which Kenya is the biggest economy, is projected by the World Bank to grow by 5.4% in 2017, compared with... 

$126m loan approved for 75 MW geothermal project in Ethiopia

9th June 2017 Ethiopia will soon start building a 75 MW geothermal electricity project, the first of its kind in the Horn of Africa country, which is believed to have massive geothermal potential. This follows the approval of a $126-million loan from the World Bank to implement the project, located at Aluto... 

Mombasa-to-Nairobi rail line set for commissioning

12th May 2017 Kenya is gearing up for a new era in railway transport with the impending commissioning of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) system on June 1. The East African nation has depended on a dilapidated metre-gauge railway line for more than a century, but that is about to change, following the completion... 

Renewed interest in delayed Uganda oil refinery plan

12th May 2017 The much-delayed crude oil refinery in Uganda is back on track after eight international companies expressed interest in implementing the $4-billion project. Four of the bidders have been shortlisted, and the Uganda government intends to select one of them before July, eight months after the... 

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