This is also accompanied by faster truck turnaround time along the corridor, which is now4.8 days compared to up to 13 days prior to the launch of the initiative on June 19. Thetransit cargo dwell time – for Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi -- has also significantly reducedfrom about 10 days to 6 currently.Linked to that is the question of faster movement of goods and services in the region, andwork on the Standard Gauge Rail is due to start in November – that is, in 2 months time.
As you are aware, smooth operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a top,top priority of the Administration. The President had specifically asked for construction of atemporary terminal with a capacity of 2.5 million passengers a year.An initial tender for that terminal was issued, but cancelled after a few irregularities werenoticed.The Ministry of Transport is now re-launching bids with funds from the AfricanDevelopment Bank. This should go to tender next week.That said, to enhance comfort at the airport, the Garage Facility at the new Terminal Fourhas now been opened for Arrivals. Tomorrow, we will start removing tents. Only the tent inthe area reserved for busing of passengers will remain.Media are invited for a tour of those facilities tomorrow at 11 am.
This Administration is also firmly committed to raising electricity capacity by 5,000megawatts in the next 36-40 months.There are quarters that have suggested that this is very ambitious. But the fact that therewere 1,110 companies that registered at our Energy Open Day this week, and the fact thatthey are committed as we are to the project, confirms that this is a target that we will meetwell ahead of schedule. This energy drive will see investment in the region of $20 billion inthe next 40 months and is the most audacious initiative to improve our economy, and betterthe lives of our people.There is so much interest.