Exchange of Notes for Grant Aid for the Republic of Kenya (The Project for the Construction of Nairobi Western Ring Roads [Detailed Design])

February 23, 2010
Japanese

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend grant aid (the Project for the Construction of Nairobi Western Ring Roads (Detailed Design)) totaling 36 million JPY to the Republic of Kenya. Notes to this effect were exchanged on February 23 (Tue) (local time: same day) in Nairobi between Mr. Shigeo Iwatani, Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, and Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, E.G.H., M.P., Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance.

  2. Nairobi, the largest city in Kenya, experiences serious traffic congestion because of the absence of connected ring roads and the rapidly expanding population. The population of Nairobi is predicted to expand from 3 to 4.3 million people by 2025, which will likely lead to even worse traffic congestion.

  3. As part of maintaining and serving the traffic network in Nairobi, this project aims to construct three roads that are currently divided. It is expected that, through this project, the separated roads will be connected, relieving congestion in roads in surrounding areas. This will contribute to improving the road network and state of the roads in the capital city of Nairobi.

  4. This grant aid is a part of Japan's commitment to Africa announced at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) held in May 2008 to strengthen cooperation in the field of infrastructure.

(Reference)  The Republic of Kenya is located in eastern Africa. It covers a land area of approximately 580,000 square kilometers and has a population of approximately 37.5 million people (World Bank, 2008). Kenya’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is approximately 770 USD (World Bank, 2008).

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