- In Kenya, road transport is the predominant mode of transportation as roads facilitate cheaper and convenient movement of goods and people.
- Our road assets, valued at over Sh4 trillion, represent one of the country’s largest public investments.
A functioning transport sector is a key pillar of a nation’s socio-economic development as a key enabler for sustained economic growth, development and poverty reduction.
In Kenya, road transport is the predominant mode of transportation as roads facilitate cheaper and convenient movement of goods and people.
Kenya is strategically located and positioned as a transport and logistics hub in East and Central Africa. To make this a reality, there is a need for cost-effective, efficient, safe and seamless modes of transport within the country and those linking us to our neighbours.
The government has invested heavily in transport infrastructure. Our road assets, valued at over Sh4 trillion, represent one of the country’s largest public investments. That has led to improved road conditions and reduced travel time and costs, thereby increasing productivity and competitiveness of the economy.
A case in point is the Thika Superhighway, Mombasa Road and Ngong Road, which is being expanded.
STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY
Rail transport has been transformed with the launch of the standard gauge railway (SGR) — the ‘Madaraka Express’. Expansion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Mombasa Port have also boosted regional trade.
Further efforts to ensure accelerated development in the country was witnessed in March, when President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the landmark agreement creating African Continental Free Trade Area, bringing 54 nations under one common market.
The deal was signed by 43 other African leaders.
The reality that intra-Africa trade has always been hindered by lack of good regional infrastructure became even more vivid.
The realisation of the country’s development agenda, including the ‘Big Four’, will largely depend on the quality of our transport system.
The sector aims at sustaining and expanding physical infrastructure to support a rapidly growing economy in line with Vision 2030.