NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A Chinese construction firm on Wednesday won a
contract to carry out a major road renovation project in Western
Kenya’s Ministry of
Transport and Infrastructure contracted Jiangxi Zhongmei
Engineering Construction Company to repair the 40km
Kakamega-Webuye road in the west of the country, at a cost of 50
million U.S. dollars.
for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development,
Engineer John Mosonik told journalists in Nairobi the project
will commence soon and will take 24 months to complete.
The project works
comprise of rehabilitation and widening of the existing road,
construction of a second carriageway in the first 5km, and
construction of service roads, access roads and market loops.
Chinese firms to bid for projects in the country owing to their
acclaimed workmanship which has seen them win tenders to
undertake construction ventures in Kenya.
The General Manager
of Jiangxi Provincial Express Investment Group Co. Ltd, Ren
Donghong said the company has the capability and the capacity to
undertake the project.
“We have done over
4,000km of roads in China and we will vie for more tenders as
and when opportunities arise. The signing ceremony is a good
starting point for Jiangxi to start undertaking projects in
Kenya,” she said.
Mosonik said the
project, which is expected to last for about 30 years before
quality sustainment is carried out, will be financed 75 percent
by the Kenyan government and 25 percent by the World Bank.
The East Africa
nation plans to host an investor’s conference in November for
construction firms interested in Kenyan projects to learn about
the pending projects and vie for bids.