China-built highway in Nairobi, Kenya starts trial operation

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An exterior view of Nairobi Terminal in Kenya Photos: Xinhua

A highway built by a Chinese company in Kenya’s capital Nairobi began trial operations on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported, showing closer cooperation between China and Kenya under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The expressway, built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), connects the country’s important landmarks from downtown Nairobi to an international airport, covering a total length of 27.1 kilometers.

The road, a flagship project under China’s proposed BRI, marks the strengthening of cooperation between China and Kenya and the wider African continent, experts noted.

The project is the country’s first toll road, developed by the CRBC in partnership with the Kenyan government, with a total construction and operation period of 30 years. After 30 years, the entire highway, equipment and technology will be handed over to the Kenyan government free of charge.

James Macharia, Minister for Transport, Housing Infrastructure, Urban Development and Public Works, said at the ceremony that the Nairobi Expressway is one of the best infrastructure projects in Africa.

A senior CRBC official noted that once in service, the Nairobi Expressway can significantly reduce traffic congestion in the city, shortening travel time between the city and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The project has been praised for creating a large number of local jobs, promoting the economic and social development of the town for the benefit of the local community.

According to media reports, the Nairobi Expressway has created more than 6,000 jobs throughout its construction, benefiting hundreds of local construction material contractors and suppliers.

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