2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 19, 2018 4:55 PM by Joseph Semuju

    Rwanda, Tanzania in mutual agreement to construct a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) linking both nations.

    Joseph Semuju


      It was on Sunday the 14th/January/2018 that Tanzania and Rwanda agreed to construct a 400 kilometer Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line from Isaka, Tanzania to Kigali, Rwanda in efforts to connect Rwanda a landlocked East African country to the Dar-es-Salaam port.


      Tanzanian President John Magufuli told a news conference in Dar es Salaam after talks with Rwandan President Paul Kagame that the construction of the railway line is to be jointly financed by the two countries.


      Ministers of foreign affairs from both countries have now been directed to immediately meet to start discussing out the financing model.

      The construction of the railway line is to start immediately because the feasibility studies in addition to all other preparations are complete for all the stake holders.


      Tanzania started construction of the standard gauge railway earlier in two phases from Dar-es-Salaam to Morogoro covering 330km, and the other phase from Morogoro to Makutupora in Dodoma covering 426km, using locally sourced funds of approximately Three (3) billion U.S. dollars, according to President Magufuli.


      Both President Kagame and Magufuli agreed to look for loans relentlessly in order to speed up the construction of the railway line.


      Could this be one of the projects to realize the aggregate East African Community market? What is your take on this East African Community mobility project?


      Source1: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/14/c_136895390.htm


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