A new Railway to link locked East African countries includes Rwanda

Construction of the Standard Gauge Railway to link Tanzania and locked East African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and facilitate transport in the central corridor is expected to start in December.

The Tanzania Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Professor Makame Mbarawa, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the exercise to seek a contractor who will carry out the project is in good progress, according to Dailynews.

According to the minister, completion of the project is expected to take three years. “The project, which will facilitate railway links between four countries (Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo and Uganda) and the Dar es Salaam Port, will be implemented in four phases,” Prof Mbarawa said while briefing journalists on the resolutions of the Seventh Interstate Council of Ministerial (ICM).

The ICM, which is composed of ministers of transport from Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo, Uganda and Tanzania, was preceded by a Central Corridor meeting under the chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Dr Leonard Chamuriho.

According to Dr Chamuriho, the meeting centred on how to address challenges facing transport in the Central Corridor and the implementation of the SGR project.

The railway lines connect landlocked East African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The line to Kigali, Rwanda, will ultimately connect the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The entire project is estimated to cost about 16 trillion in which the railway line is expected to connect the port of Dar es Salaam to Rwanda and Burundi.

Théogène U

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