Kenya has signed a memorandum of Understanding with Sudan that will see the laying of fibre optic cable alongside the road to be constructed from Eldoret to Nadapal up to Juba permiting connectivity between Kenya and South Sudan.
The fibre optic integration will be stretching across 600km to Juba and is expected to be completed in 2022.Its funding will be done by the World Bank as confirmed by the representatives during the signing ceremony.
The MOU which was signed by Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Dr. Fred Matiang’i and his memorandum South Sudan counterpart Hon. Rebecca Okwachi will also go a long way in ensuring that ICT becomes a prevalent component of communication between the two countries and is part of the East African Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Programme.
On his part, Dr Matiang’i stressed the importance of the connectivity between the East African countries and said that Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have already committed themselves to the same through the North Corridor Transport Infractructure Project. He also underscored Kenya’s commitment towards the integration process being spearheaded by H.E Uhuru Kenyatta.
Hon. Okwachi explained that implementation of this project is important since it will improve communication, bring about development that will impact positively on people’s lives, creating peace and stability and connecting the two countries.