By Judith Akolo
The first three berths at Lamu Port are 20 percent done with the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority expecting them to be ready by the year 2020.
LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority Director General Silvester Kasuku says the first berth would be ready by June next year.
The ante is up for the construction of the LAPSSET project with a budgetary allocation of 22 billion shillings since the 2015/2016 financial year.
The cash has been spent on setting up key infrastructure and amenities. Lamu Port is expected to have 32 berths.
Construction of the first three berths at a cost of 48 billion shillings commenced in October last year.
The government allocated 2 billion shillings in the last financial year, 10 billion shillings in the current financial year while the third tranche of 10 billion shillings has been allocated in the 2017/2018 financial year.
The LAPSSET Corridor Program is a regional multi-modal infrastructure program integrating roads, railway and pipeline components in Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
The program when complete will provide seamless connectivity, enhance trade and logistics within the region by providing an alternative and strategic corridor to serve the landlocked neighboring countries of Ethiopia and South Sudan.
It will also encompass other investment and economic activities including international airports, resort cities, special economic zones, industrial parks and mineral exploration to generate and harness the economic and business activities for the corridor to bolster the viability of the investment.