Kenya is the eastern African communication, transport and logistics hub. This reputation has been built incrementally over the years through consistent infrastructural development policies and programmes by successive governments since independence. Good infrastructure is inarguably inevitable in inspiring socio-economic growth in diverse sectors of the economy.
Since taking over the country’s leadership in 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta has remained focused on improving the country’s economy now and in future by investing on infrastructure development. As of today, the country is dotted with mega infrastructural development projects including inter-county highways, ports, commuter and cargo rail system, affordable housing, modern markets, hospitals and massive water and sanitation projects.
Some of the mega infrastructural development projects in Kenya include; the USD 25 billion Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) which is a mixed construction project including ports, oil refinery, oil pipeline, rails, resort cities and highways. There are also Kipevu oil terminal in Mombasa which is slated for completion in August of 202, various mega dams, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) which has already linked the Mombasa-Nairobi and the dry inland port at Naivasha, Tatu city, Konza Technology City, Nairobi Expressway, Kenol-Isiolo highway, revamping of the inland port at Kisumu, modernization of water and sanitation network in cities and revamping of the Nairobi-Kisumu railway line. It was projected the ongoing construction projects would contribute an estimated 8.7% growth in Kenya’s construction industry from 2017 and maintain an upward trend all the way to 2026.
Multiple ways in which Kenyans will enjoy modernized rails and roads include faster and cost effective transportation of goods and people across the country and regionally. Operationalization of many of the multiple infrastructure will provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs apart from cementing the country’s reputation as an efficient transport and communication hub in the region.