Rwanda understands the importance of infrastructure in the development of a competitive private sector. To this end the government continues to invest heavily in infrastructure. Almost a tenth of Rwanda’s annual budget is committed to transport and other infrastructure. To develop a vibrant private sector, Rwanda is investing in Roads, Rail and water transport infrastructure with the intent of dramatically reducing the cost of transport to businesses and individuals.
- Development of two major regional lines in a bid to link the country to the major sea ports of Mombasa and Dar-es-salaam
- Development of the Dar-es-salaam- Isaka-Kigali railway project, which will connect Kigali (Rwanda) from Isaka to the Tanzanian port of Dar es salaam. The project is estimated to cost UsD 5 billion once completed.
- The Mombasa–Nairobi-Kampala-south sudan-Kigali standard gauge railway line: The project is part of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects, an East African Community regional effort to develop a railway system network that will link the four partner states to
- stimulate trade and reduce the cost of doing business.
- Rwanda transport sector has greatly improved over the recent past. The transport sector system centres primarily on the road network, with over 1210 Km being paved. The target is to pave around 500Km by 2018.
- The sector contributes about 7% to the GDP representing about 15% of total service delivery.
- Maintenance of the national paved road network is a high priority. Currently, 86% of roads are in good condition with a target to achieve 95% by 2017-2018.
- Projects in pipeline that will require development in the near future include: 80km ring-road in Kigali City, 208 km road and 140km roads in the secondary cities.
- The country’s main gateway is the Kigali International Airport, serving the domestic and several international destinations.
- The airport is also home to the country’s national carrier RwandAir
- The airport hosts different international airlines serving different destinations: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, brazzaville, brussels, bujumbura, Dar es salaam, Dubai, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Libreville, Mombasa, Nairobi, Istanbul and Doha,
- The Government plans to set up a second airport to complement Kigali International Airport. The new airport will provide both extra capacity for passenger transport and cargo freight.
MOMBASA-KAMPALA-KIGALI RAILWAY LINE:
- The project is being implemented jointly by the four countries: Kenya, Uganda, south sudan and Rwanda.
- Value of project: UsD 1.5bn Rwanda section (13.5bn entire project)
- Mombasa to Nairobi section launched in November 2013
- Feasibility studies are on-going for sections from Kampala to Kigali
- Proposed delivery mechanism: Public Private Partnership.
BUS RAPID TRANSPORT LINES (BRT) FOR KIGALI CITY:
- Project to devellop a modern mass public transport system included in Kigali
- Master Plan to reduce congestion & emissions.
- 2 Phases: 1st Phase
North-East to Wesr, 2ndPhase South to West (40km in total).
- Way Forward: Conduct feasibility studies, detailed design and secure funding.
RING ROADS FOR KIGALI CITY
- Value of projects: USD 240M
- 80 Km of ring roads identified to increase mobility and reduce traffic congestion
- 2 Phases: 1st Phase, East to South section, 2nd Phase, connecting | 1st Phase from South around Kigali to Eastern section.
- Project provided in the Kigali City Master Plan-Detailed study underway.
- Proposed model: Public Private Partnership with toll-road system.
LAKE KIVU FERRY SYSTEM:
- Fast ferry system for passengers in touristic and highly populated area, stopping at Rubavu, Karongi and Rusizi.
- Introduction of cargo system additional optionFeasibility study completed in 2010
- Project will be implemented through a Public Private Partnership model