Optimism lingers for Standard Gauge Railway Development

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Optimism lingers for Standard Gauge Railway Development

President Kagame (C), Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda pose for a group photo with senior officials at the twelfth Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kigali.

The construction of the Standard railway gauge under the Northern Corridor Integration Project-NCIP has continued to project optimism.

The railway project which is expected to connect the region from Mombasa to Kigali has reached 60 percent completion on the Mombasa-Nairobi section.

“The Summit took note of the steady progress in the construction works,” a Joint communiqué from the 12th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Project held in Kigali noted.

Optimism lingers for Standard Gauge Railway Development

Dr Richard Sezibera, Secretary-General EAC

The four day summit that closed on Thursday noted that Kenya had received draft commercial contracts for the Naivasha-Malaba section and the same were under review.

“The Summit further noted the signing of the funding agreement for the Nairobi-Naivasha section with EXIM Bank of China,” the communiqué noted

The closing of the summit was graced by Presidents Paul Kagame, of Rwanda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya and Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs, Republic of South Sudan.

During the summit, heads of state directed ministers to finalise preparation of bankable project proposals for the remaining sections on the Eastern, Western and Southern routes and Mirama-Kigali section.

Optimism lingers for Standard Gauge Railway Development

Ministers and other officials from partner states committed to fast tracking Northern Corridor Integration projects.

There is need, the summit noted for more collaboration between the governments and the private sector in furthering implementation of Northern Corridor Integration Projects.

“The collaboration will go a long way in attracting financing and enhancing capacity in the sectors earmarked for fast-tracking,” the Summit added.

The Standard gauge railway project was launched by heads of State In October last year and is seen as one of the projects that will ease transport costs through removing non tariff barriers along the northern corridor.

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