The Deputy President during the ground breaking of Greenfield terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government’s infrastructure development plans will focus on economic zones.
The Deputy President said the Government will construct, repair concession of new roads as part of plans to improve the country’s road network.
“Infrastructure is the single platform that will transform our economy and our focus as Government is infrastructure development targeting economic zones,” said the Deputy President.
Mr Ruto made the remarks when he joined President Uhuru Kenyatta at the groundbreaking of Greenfield terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The Deputy President described the project as historical and ambitious saying the new terminal with a capacity to handle more than 20 million passengers every year will reinforce Kenya’s position as the region’s economic hub.
Mr. Ruto said the expansion of JKIA was important as the airport is critical in propelling economic growth because it is the first point of contact of visitors – tourists or businessmen.
He said that the Government will continue to invest in infrastructure to enable easier movement of people, goods and services.
“We will continue to invest in the expansion of infrastructure to fast track easier movement of people and goods in the region”, he said.
At the same time, the Deputy President revealed that plans are underway to modernise rail transport within the city of Nairobi to reduce traffic jam.
He said the planned Nairobi rail circuit will transport over three million people annually when fully operational.
December 3, 2013 Emmanuel Talam / DPPS