EAC railways project launched

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EAC railways project launched

 Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta today officially launched the laying of the East African standard gauge railway in Nairobi.

The $13.8 billion rail project is arguably the largest local infrastructure scheme in many years. The project links the port of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi and is eventually hoped to extend onwards to neighbouring Uganda, Rwanda and later South Sudan.

The railway line is expected to boost trade and economic integration in the East African community member countries, – Rwanda Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

Rwanda has kick-started plans to build a railway line that will link the country to Mombasa port in Kenya through Uganda and recently Paul Kagame and his counterparts from Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan signed an agreement to that effect.

The four Heads of State also witnessed the launch of the Single Customs Territory that will reduce the transport time for goods from Mombasa port to Kigali from 22 days to eight and to Kampala from 18 days to five.

President Kagame at the launch commended the progress of integration projects and said that all the planned projects, including infrastructure initiatives proceed according to time lines.

“We are all motivated by a sense of shared purpose and urgency in obtaining desired results. Our people look to us as leaders and there is no doubt that we can make a difference in their lives,” he said.

Rwanda has already signed memorandum of understanding with Uganda and Kenya and working closely with its counterparts to ensure the project is completed as scheduled.

The modern railway line expected to cost over $5b will link Rwanda to Kenya’s Mombasa seaport through Uganda.

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