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Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network. Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying ...

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Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Why It May Be Premature to Trust Nigerian, Kenyan Media Reports on New Chinese Railway Funding

A word of caution about a flurry of headlines circulating in the Kenyan and Nigerian press this week claiming that China has committed to spending billions of dollars on new railway projects in both countries. Something just doesn't sound right about these stories. It's interesting ...

Ethiopia, Djibouti Take Over Management of Ethio-Djibouti Railway From Chinese Company

The Chinese state-owned construction company that built the 752km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway formally turned over control of the railway to the two host governments. The handover took place on Friday at a ceremony in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where officials ...

China-Laos Railway Brings Higher Mobility, Employment As Profit Concerns Linger

A group of Thais boarded the high-speed train between Boten and Vientiane, the capital of Laos. They had just finished a tour in China before crossing to the Boten station, about five minutes from the China-Laos checkpoint. The carriage was half empty because it was the last ...

Lagos Launches Second Chinese-Built Light Rail

The Nigerian commercial hub of Lagos now has a bonafide light rail network with the launch of the city's new Chinese-built Red Line. President Bola Tinubu commissioned the new $135 million railway last Thursday, which has eight stations across 26 kilometers. ...

China Proposes Billion-Dollar Revamp of the Legendary Tazara Railway

The competition between the United States and China to refurbish some of Africa's decrepit railways intensified this week when the Chinese government presented a billion-dollar proposal to rebuild the Tazara railway linking Zambia's copperbelt to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. ...

China Proposes Billion-Dollar Revamp of the Legendary Tazara Railway

The competition between the United States and China to refurbish some of Africa's decrepit railways intensified this week when the Chinese government presented a billion-dollar proposal to rebuild the Tazara railway linking Zambia's Copperbelt to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. ...

U.S. Promotes Cross-Honduras Rail Project Previously Shopped to China

A $20 billion rail project that would connect Honduras' Pacific and Caribbean coasts is drawing interest from the United States. Scott Hansen, an economic counselor at the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, reportedly presented the project to possible investors last week. The project ...

Sliding Currency Push Up Kenyan Payments for Chinese Railway

Kenyan tax payers will have to cough up $87 million more for a January repayment of a loan for the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) because of a depreciation on the value of the Kenyan shilling. According to the World Bank, 

Kenya Launches Construction on New Chinese Rail Project

Kenyan President William Ruto officially inaugurated construction on a new meter-gauge light rail line on Friday. The 12.5-kilometer project will connect with existing lines to link the Nairobi neighborhoods of Riruta and Ngong. It is being built by China Road and Bridge ...

China Could Fund Kenyan Rail Through Public-Private Partnership: Kenyan President

Kenyan President William Ruto renewed his calls for China to fund the third stretch of the country’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). Speaking at a roundtable event in Nairobi during the weekend, Ruto said the project is currently being discussed in Beijing and could move forward as a public-private partnership. ...
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