Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of this year’s Babacar Ndiaye’s African award on transport and road infrastructure.
The annual nomination meeting of the Selection Committee of The Africa Road Builders – Trophée Babacar NDIAYE was held in Dakar, Senegal, recently.
Kenyatta will be presented with award on 23 May in Busan, South Korea, during the African Development Bank annual meeting.
Babacar Ndiaye was an economist and a former president of the African Development Bank. He died last year at the age of 82.
The President of Media for Infrastructure and Finance in Africa Adama Wade cited the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway as major project that has had immense impact.
The meeting was attended by representatives of several media from different sub-regions of Africa. The Selection Committee worked on the basis of the report made by Media for Infrastructure and Finance in Africa (MIFA). The Selection Committee also took into account the public reports of international institutions and organizations in the field of road and transport in Africa, as well as all relevant publications available and searchable in the relevant fields. The debates were open and frank. The decisions were submitted to three main criteria which are: the social impact of the projects, their environmental aspect and the quality of the financial arrangement.
At the end of the deliberations, the Selection Committee proceeded to the choice of the winner of the Super Prize Great Builder – Trophée Babacar NDIAYE of The Africa Road Builders 2018. Thus, is designated The Africa Road Builders Super Prize Great Builder – Trophée Babacar NDIAYE 2018, HE. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, for his personal leadership and for the transformation of the road network. The Committee also noted with great satisfaction the development of the railways and the simplification of air transport. Finally, the Selection Committee welcomes the particular efforts made by Kenya in public lighting.
The Selection Committee joins forces with ACTUROUTES and the General Commission of The Africa Road Builders – Trophée Babacar NDIAYE to salute the memory of Dr. Babacar NDIAYE, former President of the AfDB, who continues to inspire this initiative. Together, the Selection Committee, ACTUROUTES and the General Commission join forces to express their infinite gratitude to the family of Dr. Babacar NDIAYE.