Signing of Grant Agreement with Rwanda: Realizing smooth and stable traffic in Kigali City through the introduction of an Intelligent Transport System and improvement of road intersections

[Goal 9] Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
[Goal 11] Sustainable Cities and Communities


On October 5, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Rwanda in Kigali, to provide grant aid of up to 2,009 million yen for the Project for Introduction of Intelligent Transport System in Kigali City.

In recent years, Kigali City has been facing worsening traffic congestion and an increase in traffic accidents due to the increased traffic volume caused by growth in both the urban population and the economy. However, as a result of the steep topography of the city, which has little flat land, it is difficult to construct new roads or widen existing roads, and the introduction of an Intelligent Transport System is necessary to make maximum use of the existing road infrastructure.

Signing ceremony

Signing ceremony

On the other hand, most of the intersections in Kigali City are roundabouts or have no traffic lights installed, with only 13 signalized intersections in operation, whose signal controls are not interlinked. Therefore, the introduction of an Intelligent Transport System to realize smooth traffic flow and prevent traffic accidents is an urgent issue.

This project will contribute to the sustainable economic and social development of Kigali City by facilitating and improving the safety of traffic flow in the city, and Rwanda as a whole, through the introduction of an Intelligent Transport System and the improvement of road intersections.

In doing so, this project will also contribute to the achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Goals 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and 11 (Sustainable cities and communities).

Details for the project are provided below.

Basic project information

Country Republic of Rwanda
Project title The Project for Introduction of Intelligent Transport System in Kigali
Planned implementation period 50 months, including detailed design work and bidding period
Ministry of Infrastructure, Kigali City, Rwanda National Police
Target region Kigali City
Specific project
1 Facility improvements/equipment procurement
[Facility] Improvement and installation of traffic control equipment at 20 intersections (including one intersection converted from a roundabout to a signalized intersection)
[Equipment] Traffic control equipment (traffic lights and traffic control consoles, etc., for 20 intersections), road-surface markings

2 Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement
supervision, technical assistance for facility management (development of manuals, operation of traffic control systems and signal control systems, analysis of data, etc.)

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