A new urban transport hub in South Africa has been approved by the government, which is now preparing to build a larger and more extensive one in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has approved the new transit hub in Goma.
The transit hub will serve as a hub for more than 15,000 people and is expected to be complete by 2018.
A $1.4 billion facility is expected by 2020.
The United Nations World Food Program and U.S. Agency for International Development are working on a similar project in the Democratic Republic.
The Congo project will be managed by the African Development Bank, which was founded in the U.K. and has since been transformed into the African Union.
The agency will operate the transit hub, which has been in the works for nearly three decades.
It is expected that the center will serve at least 25,000 households.
It has the capacity to accommodate 1,000 buses and 4,500 people per day.
It will also be capable of holding 5,000 passengers per day, according to the U in Africa website.
It could be completed by 2020, the agency said in a statement.
Congolese officials are hoping that the new facility will provide an alternative to a larger regional transportation hub that they say is underutilized in South and Central Africa, where poverty remains high.
The country has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world, and the world population is projected to grow by more than five billion people by 2050.