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The East African : Nov 28th 2015
44 RUNWAY, APRON, TAXIWAYS, LOUNGES OVERHAULED KIA upgrade to double its capacity The ai≥po≥t will handle 1.2m passenge≥s, up f≥om 600,000 By ADAM IHUCHA Special Correspondent ternational Airport, is underway. It is expected to give KIA the capacity to handle more aircraft and passengers. The makeover, which started last T week, will see all runways, apron, taxiways and passenger lounges modernised. Project engineer Mathew Ndossi said that the $39.7 million expansion works, set to be completed in May 2017, will enable the airport to handle 1.2 million passengers, up from 600,000 passengers per annum. The government has awarded BAM International of Netherlands the contract to overhaul the facility, financed jointly by Tanzania and the Netherlands government. KIA will have additional aprons for five aircraft and a new parallel taxiway to the west for outbound aircraft. “The aprons’ capacity will almost double as they will be able to accommodate 11 major aircraft, up from the current six at a go,” Mr Ndossi told The EastAfrican. The scope of work comprises the refurbishment of the terminal building (built in 1971), the construction of a new parallel taxiway, the extension of the existing apron and taxiways, including repairs on the runway, as well as the drainage and sewage works. BAM will also install new airfield ground lighting and floodlights along the apron. KIA is one of four international airports in Tanzania, and is the second largest airfield after Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. The other two are Mwanza and Songwe in Mbeya. The airport has been handling nearly 80 per cent of the tourists visiting Tanzania annually, mak- SCOPE Kilimanjaro International Airport has been handling nearly 80 per cent of the tourists visiting Tanzania annually. Picture: File ing it a key gateway to the Northern Circuit. “The idea behind this project is to stimulate air traffic via KIA,” said the managing director of Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (Kadco), Bakari Murusuri. It is expected that the project will not only contribute to strengthening of the tourism sector in northern Tanzania, but will also spur economic and infrastructure development. Mr Murusuri said that since 2010, Kadco had been running promotions overseas, seeking to attract major global airlines to operate from KIA. The 44-year-old airport, locat- ed between the Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions, handled a total 39.7m By KENNEDY SENELWA Special Correspondent KENYA HAS received $39.55 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support small-scale irrigation projects, expected to improve yields, incomes and nutrition in rural areas. AfDB’s agriculture and agro-industry direc- tor Chiji Ojukwu said the funding would help reduce poverty by enhancing agricultural productivity. “The programme is aligned with Kenya’s Me- dium Term Plan (MTP-II 2013-17) to modernise its agriculture as well as promote improved household welfare and increased income levels,” he said. The project focuses on scaling up Kenya’s A maize farmer from eastern Kenya. Picture: File of 802,731 passengers in 2014, of which 45 per cent were international, 38 per cent domestic and 17 per cent transit. Mr Murusuri said that they ex- pect to handle between 800,000 and 900,000 passengers by the end of this year. “We expect slightly less growth compared with recent years, largely driven by a slowdown in local demand in the run-up to the presidential elections in October and the Ebola scare among international travellers,” he said. The majority of passengers using KIA are leisure passengers. Latest official statistics show that KIA’s top five international visitor markets from outside of Africa are the US (23 per cent), the UK and Germany (8 per cent) each, Canada (4 per cent) and the Netherlands (3 per cent). Tanzania Association of Tour Op- Estimated cost of expansion works at the Kilimanjaro International Airport erators CEO, Sirili Akko applauded the facelift but said that Kadco should also develop other tourismrelated infrastructure and recreation facilities to attract overseas The scope of work comprises the refurbishment of the terminal building (built in 1971), the construction of a new parallel taxiway, the extension of the existing apron and taxiways, including repairs on the runway, as well as the drainage and sewage works. BAM International, which is refurbishing the airport, will install new airfield ground lighting and floodlights along the apron. tourists. Already, Kadco has developed a comprehensive plan that will see the 110 sq km estates surrounding the airport transformed into a modern duty-free shopping city. Apart from the air terminal, the KIA area, strategically placed at the meeting point of the Northern Zone regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara, has for many years remained unoccupied. According to the master plan, the location is to become a “city” located between Moshi and Arusha, where prospective investors were to establish huge shopping centres, high class tourist hotels, duty free ports, export processing zone, educational institutions, custom bonded warehouses, Curio shops, golf courses and a large game ranch. AfDB gives Kenya $39.5m fo≥ i≥≥igation p≥ojects Small Scale Horticulture Development Project, which has already raised incomes to as high as $18,000 per hectare. Anchored in infra- structure development, value addition and capacity building, smallholder farmers, women and youth, the project is in line with AfDB’s 10-year strategy 2013-2022, especially its twin strategic objectives of inclusive growth and transition towards green growth. Mr Ojukwu said post-harvest losses are ex- pected to be halved to 20 per cent “In terms of the Feed Africa concept, the project will increase yields of high-value horticultural crops such as green maize, French beans, onions, tomatoes and water melons, and livestock products from poultry, sheep, goats and cattle for sale and household consumption,” he said. Some 3,767 ha are to be brought under ir- rigation in 12 schemes for 104,000 direct and indirect household beneficiaries (58 per cent women). The project will also see 20 marketable com- modities grown, 11 agro-market centres built, 77 beneficiaries of trained in nutrition practices, gender sensitisation, multiplication of seeds and development of 33 training enterprises. he upgrade of Tanzania’s second largest airport, Kilimanjaro In- The EastAfrican BUSINESS NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 4, 2015 Costs limit b≥oadband use in EA By SCOLA KAMAU Special Correspondent EAST AFRICAN countries may not meet the targets they have set for broadband penetration until they have appropriate infrastructure sharing laws that can attract investors to the sector. In all the countries, broadband penetration was below 4 per cent by last year, according to Analysys Mason statistics. Kenya aims to cover 35 per cent of households and 100 per cent of schools and health facilities by 2017. Uganda targets broadband access penetration of 50 per cent and 100 per cent for rural and urban areas respectively by 2020. Rwanda, for its part, targets a broadband penetration rate of at least 40 per cent by 2017. Fixed Internet requires fibre- optic cable connections from the source to the last mile, which is a costly venture. Investors are only offering broadband services a few kilometres from towns where the undersea cable providers have established infrastructure. “Unless there is a proper model for infrastructure sharing and broadband distribution, we will not register success,” said David Adhiambo, director of transmission at Safaricom. Investments In Kenya, Wananchi Group is the leading fibre optic service provider with a 47 per cent market share but it is only available in Nairobi and Mombasa through its Zuku brand. In July, Liquid Telecom made an investment of over $30 million in Rwanda for the initial phase of Fibre to Homes project, with a target of connecting 24,000 households in Kigali by the end of the year. Liquid also plans to invest over $20 million in connecting Kenya’s 47 counties through fibre-optic, satellite and wireless technologies. Experts said for connections in the rural areas, a higher price must be paid, mainly due to maintenance costs, unless there is a subsidy from the government. “To reach areas away from the fibre connected rings, the customer has to pay more. The investor does not see an attractive return,” said Robert Yawe, MD, KAY System Technologies. According to Iqbal Singh Bedi, a principal at Analysys Mason, East African governments should encourage cost reduction through network sharing and provide clarity on the use of existing infrastructure. Another option is outsourcing, with the state retaining ownership of the infrastructure. A joint venture allows the state and operators to share ownership and risks but it is challenging to align state and operator interests, said Mr Bedi.
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