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世界银行批准向肯尼亚提供7.5亿美元贷款,以促进交通运输和数字连接

2020-9-10 12:02

 

内罗毕,9月9日(新华社)——世界银行周三表示,它已经批准了一项813亿先令(约7.5亿美元)的贷款,帮助改善肯尼亚东北部320多万人的人员和货物流动、数字连接和社会服务。


贷方当时表示,这笔贷款是非洲之角门户发展项目(HoAGDP)的一部分,将为740公里的伊西洛-曼德拉地区公路走廊的365公里和30公里支线公路的升级提供资金;其余各款的升级将由其他发展伙伴提供资金。


HoAGDP还将资助沿着全长740公里的走廊铺设光纤电缆,并刺激当地社区;边境管理体制、边防哨所建设等贸易便利化措施;为居住在走廊一带的社区提供基本的社会经济基础设施;制度加强;以及在项目实施期间发生灾难或大灾难时的应急措施,”世行在一份声明中表示。


它说,肯尼亚- hoagdp计划预计需要6年的实施时间,是一系列旨在支持非洲之角倡议下发展区域运输走廊和模式连接的项目中的第一个。


“区域一体化对非洲之角国家以包容和可持续的方式创造就业和减少贫困至关重要。世界银行是新非洲之角倡议的创始伙伴之一,该倡议于2019年由参与国发起,旨在深化合作,为其人民带来发展成果,”世界银行撒哈拉以南非洲、中东和北非地区一体化局主任Deborah Wetzel说。


“这个新项目启动了这一倡议的实施,将填补该地区在基础设施和贸易方面互联互通方面的一个重大缺口,并通过加强区域机构来促进知识共享和建设人力资本,”Wetzel补充说。


世界银行的首席运输专家和任务小组组长Josphat Sasia说,肯尼亚东北部作为过境和区域贸易便利化区的潜力目前还没有得到充分开发。


他说:“这一改造性项目将整合该地区,增强安全、包容性和公平感,这是生活在肯尼亚这一服务不足地区的社区长期以来所渴望的。”该项目的成功执行将需要该区域领导人和各社区的支持。”


据世界银行称,升级后的公路、光纤连接和基本社会服务的提供将吸引投资、促进地区和国内贸易、创造就业机会、改善信息共享和基于互联网的机会。


世界银行肯尼亚局局长Keith Hansen说:“促进全国的机会平等和次区域的联系,将有助于肯尼亚到2030年从低收入国家向中等收入国家转型。”

 

NAIROBI, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank said on Wednesday it has approved an 81.3 billion shilling (about 750 million U.S. dollars) loan to help improve the movement of people and goods, digital connectivity and access to social services for over 3.2 million people in northeastern Kenya.

Then lender said that the loan, part of the Horn of Africa Gateway Development Project (HoAGDP), will finance the upgrading of 365-km of the 740-km Isiolo-Mandera regional road corridor and 30 km of spur roads; the upgrading of the remaining sections will be financed by other development partners.

"The HoAGDP will also finance the laying of a fiber optic cable along the entire 740-km corridor with spurs to local communities; trade facilitation measures, such as border management systems and construction of border posts; the provision of basic socio-economic infrastructure for communities living along the corridor; institutional strengthening; as well as emergency response measures in case of a disaster or catastrophe during the life of the project," the bank said in a statement.

The Kenya-HoAGDP is expected to take six years of implementation and is the first in a series of projects aimed at supporting the development of regional transport corridors and modal linkages under the Horn of Africa initiative, it said.

"Regional integration is fundamental for the countries in the Horn of Africa to create jobs and reduce poverty in an inclusive and sustainable way. The World Bank is a founding partner of the new Horn of Africa Initiative, launched in 2019 by the participating countries to deepen their cooperation and deliver development results for their populations," said Deborah Wetzel, World Bank director of regional integration for sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and northern Africa.

"This new project launches the implementation of this initiative and will fill a major gap in the connectivity of the region in terms of infrastructure and trade, and also by strengthening regional institutions to promote knowledge sharing and build human capital," Wetzel added.

Josphat Sasia, lead transport specialist and task team leader with the World Bank, said the potential of northeastern Kenya as a transit and regional trade facilitation zone is presently not fully exploited.

"This transformative project will integrate the region and enhance security, inclusion, and a sense of equity, which the communities living in this underserved region of Kenya have desired for a long time," he said." Successful implementation of the project will require the support of the leadership and communities of the region."

According to the World Bank, the upgraded road, the fiber optic connections, and the provision of basic social services will attract investments, facilitate regional and domestic trade, create jobs, and improve information-sharing and access to internet-based opportunities.

"Promoting equal opportunities across the country and linkages in the sub-region will strengthen Kenya's transformation from a low middle income to a middle-income country by 2030," said Keith Hansen, World Bank country director for Kenya.

 

来自: xinhua