Somali prime minister launches $200m road project

Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre has inaugurated a project to construct two roads connecting the capital Mogadishu to Afgoye and Jowhar towns.

The 200m-dollar roads project is funded by the Gulf state of Qatar and will be implemented by a Turkish company.

Officials from the Qatari and Turkish governments attended the launching ceremony.

Prime Minister Kheyre thanked the Qatari and Turkish governments for their support of the Somali people.

The 90km Mogadishu-Jowhar road will connect the capital with Jowhar, the seat of the Hirhsabelle State of Somalia.

The other 30km road will connect Mogadishu to the agricultural town of Afgoye in South West State of Somalia.

The leaders of Hirshabelle and South West regional administrations also attended the inauguration ceremony.

Prime Minister Kheyre said the roads project would be a big boost for the traders and farmers from the two states.