Tuesday, 5 July 2011

New resources to develop transport infrastructures in Burundi have been secured by the African Development Bank

The African Development Bank has just approved a $67 million grant for the second phase of a road development project in Burundi.
The second phase of the project includes the construction of the Gitega-Nyangungu portion of the Gitega-Nyangungu-Ngozi corridor in the African country. It covers the development and asphalting of the road portion as well as the rehabilitation of some 22 kilometers of rural roads and construction of the pedestrian bridges in the area.
In September 2010, AfDB provided a $36 million loan for the first phase of the road development project, which covered the rehabilitation of the highway between Nyangungu and Ngozi in northern Burundi.
Burundi needs $5.8 billion for infrastructure such as telecommunications, electricity and transport projects over the next two decades, a study by the government and African Development Bank (AfDB) showed on Friday. In order to recover from years of civil war in the mid-1990s that halted development and impoverished the population, Burundi needs to develop its  transport infrastructure.

Map of Burundi
Right now:
  • Only 2 % Burundians have electricity, compared with an average 16 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, 
  • Only 3% of the population has access to a landline or mobile phone, and 90 percent of them are in urban centres, the report said.
  • Transporting a tonne of fertiliser from the Kenyan port of Mombasa port to Burundi costs $100 more than the regional rate, (namely $230) 
Low levels of infrastructure also translate into much higher costs, with service costs running at two or three times that of 0ther countries. Objectives are ambitious...By improving key connections of the country with its  neighbours and the rest of the continent:

By 2020, the 25% of population will access electricity

Burundi would reach annual GDP growth of 6-7% .

More info on the AfDB Report:
An infrastructure action plan for Burundi. Accelerating regional integration

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