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Vol 5 (AAC) No 2

Published 1st December 2011


Kenya

Longing for Lamu

Kenya’s coalition government wants to start a monumental infrastructure project but is having trouble coming up with the funds

The Nairobi government is rallying its Asian partners behind the new Lamu port and associated road and railway projects that will link the Kenyan coast to South Sudan and Ethiopia. President Mwai Kibaki, who will retire in 2012 and wants the project to be part of his legacy, had hoped to break ground by November. The cost of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project, which includes highways, railways and a new port, is estimated at US$16 billion.

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