Under the Second MTP (2013-2017), the Government plans to construct a new transport corridor covering rail, road and an oil pipeline from Lamu and connecting Kenya with Ethiopia and South Sudan. Kenya is spearheading the development of Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia- Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project to strengthen her position as a gateway and a transport and logistics hub to the East African sub-region and the Great Lakes region to facilitate trade, promote regional economic integration and interconnectivity between African countries
The following are Project Components being undertaken by the Ministry:
The commencement of construction of 1st 3 Berths of Lamu Port is planned to be launched in May 2015. So far construction activities for preliminary facilities at Lamu Port are ongoing with some nearing completion.
The construction of the Standard Gauge Railway spanning from Lamu to Moyale and Nakodok as given below is on course;
The Government of Kenya, represented by Kenya Railways Corporation and LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Preliminary Design and Feasibility Report Submitted to the Authority and KRC on 23rd April 2015
Design is in progress with AFDB funding as follows:
In addition, the GoK has secured funding from the World Bank for the Construction of Lokichar-Nakodok road section (298kms) of the Eldoret-Kitale-Lodwar-Sudan Corridor. The GoK has also approached other development partners to fund the remaining section of the highway connecting Kenya to South Sudan.
International Airports at Lamu, Isiolo, and Lokichokio
The Ministry has embarked on improving facilities at the three airports to provide for air travel services in the interim to enhance accessibility to the corridor. Improvement works on Lokichogio Airport were completed in the recent past and its already operational with scheduled flights landing at the airport. Provision of airport facilities will strengthen build-up of air transport and logistics services along the corridor in readiness for the construction of the three international airports at the three locations in the future.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has already made plans to establish air transport safety, security and surveillance facilities and services to strengthen air transport and logistics in Northern Kenya.
The Government recently completed lengthening of Lamu Manda Island Airport runway from 1.1km to 2.3 kms. Improvement works are already complete for the airport terminal building. Preparations are at an advanced stage towards the construction of a parallel taxiway and aircraft apron area to improve capacity of the airport. These improvements will enhance the capacity of Manda Lamu Airport that already has a strong scheduled flights clientele
The Government has completed construction works on the 2.3km Isiolo Airport runway. Construction works are currently ongoing for Airport Terminal Building .
Economically, LAPSSET is estimated to inject between 2% – 3% of GDP in to the economy from the core projects alone, and 5% – 8% of the country’s GDP through attracted and generated investments thus maintaining a sustained economic growth for the coming years. This view is supported by the fact that new investments of the magnitude of LAPSSET
It will enhance efficient, seamless inter-modalism in the country’s transport and logistics operations. Overall, the development of the LAPSSET Corridor will create employment and reduce poverty in the country as well as improve accessibility and enhance socio-economic development of the northern part of the country.
A seamless interconnectivity will also be created within coastal counties, throughout the country and linkages to neighbouring countries through the country’s roads, railway, ports, airports .
The project will strengthen Kenya’s regional Hub status in Eastern Africa as a result of the country being the originator of trans-boundary transport projects, special economic zones and Free Trade Areas
The project will help the region create capacity in infrastructure industry from human, technological, financial and consumers in the country. Countries like China, India, Malaysia, Brazil, Iran and Singapore among others have used this model to adapt technology and train their manpower while building capacity in their delivery institution
The LAPSSET Project will open up 70% of the country that has been not been invested into since independence 50years ago and will over triple the investment space in the country. In this initiative the Government is focused to increase the participation by Kenyans in wealth creation as well as retaining resources that will accrue within the country’s boundaries from investment to grow the economy more sustainable