Kipchumba Murkomen, the Transport Cabinet Secretary, met with a World Bank delegation on Monday to discuss the completion of ongoing infrastructure projects.
Wendy Hughes (Regional Director for Infrastructure for Eastern and Southern Africa) and Almud Weitz (World Bank Practice Manager for Transport) led the mission, which included a team from South Sudan’s Ministry of Roads and Bridges led by Eng. James Alam.
According to a Ministry statement, the discussions focused on issues of mutual interest, such as the ongoing development of the highway connecting Kenya to South Sudan and the Isiolo-Mandera route connecting Kenya to Ethiopia and Somalia.
“We also discussed measures to improve urban mobility in Nairobi and other key towns across Kenya by introducing mass rapid transit alternatives and facilities for non-motorized traffic to enable faster, cheaper, efficient, and safe travel,” added the CS.
The parties also discussed methods to encourage the development of rural mobility infrastructure in order to provide effective and dependable last-mile access to the national highway network.
“I applaud the World Bank for their historic engagement in the roads and transportation sectors, and I look forward to the successful completion of ongoing projects and the development of new initiatives to promote micro, small, and medium companies, as well as regional commerce,” the CS stated.