Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s longheld dream of extending his $4.9 billion Chinese-financed Standard Gauge Railway across East Africa suffered a major setback this week as both Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo both opted to go with Tanzania’s SGR for direct access to the port in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania is on roll here because this latest deal complements an agreement signed last year with Rwanda for a 575 kilometer SGR line that will connect Isaka, a railway hub in northwest Tanzania, with Kigali.
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Tanzania Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe signed agreements with both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi to link up their future Standard Gauge Railway lines to Tanzania’s proposed SGR. The 1,457km Tanzanian ...