The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
A road to economic development in Somalia
The road between Galkacyo and Garowe in Puntland State is a crucial link in Somalia's transport network, facilitating the movement of goods, services and people.
Over the years the road between Galkacyo and Garowe has deteriorated, threatening vital trade that is needed for economic development.
With the support of a €6 million funding grant from the European Union, UNOPS collaborated with the Puntland Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing to revitalize a crucial 54-kilometre trade route. This connection between two major towns in Somalia's Galmudug and Puntland States has breathed new life into the region's transportation infrastructure.
As part of the project, the Jalam to Harfo section of the road – which experienced heavy traffic and suffered from cracks and surface disintegration – was rehabilitated. What was a 2.5-hour trip on the road now takes just 40 minutes.
The improved road conditions have led to a boost in commercial traffic, stimulating economic activities and trade. The rehabilitated road has also opened up access to remote areas, providing new opportunities for economic development and improving the overall quality of life for people living in these areas.
The completion of the road rehabilitation between Galkacyo and Garowe marks a significant milestone in Somalia's journey toward a stronger and more prosperous future.
"The EU is proud to support Somalia's efforts to enhance trade and investment opportunities while building sustainable, inclusive and safe networks," said Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Somalia.
"Going further, we envision an even stronger partnership with Somalia through the EU’s Global Gateway initiative, building a brighter future for its people," she added.
Skilled contractors from the surrounding communities were hired for the project, stimulating job creation as well as fostering knowledge sharing and capacity building.
As part of the project, the Puntland Highway Authority received comprehensive road maintenance and management training, fostering long-term sustainability and local ownership of the project.