AfDB approves $98 million financing for road transport corridor project in these two East African nations

PUBLISHED: Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:53:16 GMT
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NAIROBI (Reuters) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $98 million financial package for Ethiopia for a road transport corridor project to neighbouring Djibouti, it said late on Tuesday.

The project’s total cost is $255 million, comprising an AfDB grant of $98 million to Ethiopia’s government and an AfDB grant of $5.3 million to Djibouti’s government, plus a co-financing contribution of $151 million by Ethiopia’s government.

“The project will enhance trade by significantly reducing transport costs, thereby accelerating the economic growth of Ethiopia and its neighbour Djibouti, as it is part of the main import-export corridor,” the AfDB said in a statement.

Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Duncan Miriri

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