Cabinet supports the establishment of a regional roads forum

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President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the Cabinet meeting at State House
President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the Cabinet meeting at State House (PHOTO/PSCU)

The Cabinet has approved the medium-term budget for 2019/2020 financial year and supported the setting up of the Eastern Africa Regional Roads Authorities Forum (EARRAF) during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi on Thursday. The EARRAF will pave the way for the harmonization of roads infrastructure in East Africa, with transnational roads in focus.

The harmonization will touch on design, standards and costing. Organs responsible for the setting up and management of road infrastructure in the region will come together under the EARRAF, including KenHA (Kenya National Highways Authority), KURA (Kenya Urban Roads Authority), KeRRA (Kenya Rural Roads Authority) and the Kenya Roads Board, Uganda National Roads Authority, Tanzania National Roads Agency among others.

The recent First Ordinary Session of African Tourism Ministers meeting in Nairobi was also discussed. The session of African Ministers resolved to push for a fast tracking of the establishment of the African Tourism Organization as a key agency for the promotion of the continent as a preferred global tourism destination. The first African Tourism Ministers meeting which was held in Nairobi brought together 27 ministers and Heads of Delegations together with other dignitaries including UN world Tourism Organization Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.