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What Kenya’s Embattled Standard Gauge Railway Tells Us About the Future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The Wall Street Journal has published a series of articles and videos over the past three weeks detailing what they're describing as "Belt and Road 2.0" -- a slimmed down, much more conservative version of the nearly ten-year-old Chinese global infrastructure initiative.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Nominee Pushes Back Against Default Allegations

“We should not be a country that should walk into the defaulting mode,” says Musadia Mudavadi, a nominee to become Kenya’s new Cabinet Secretary. Mudavadi committed himself to meet Kenya’s obligations amid allegations that Nairobi defaulted on repayments for its Standard Gauge ...

Rail-Sea Lines Boost China-Africa Trade

Multimodal rail-sea lines are increasingly transforming China’s trade with Europe and Africa. This week a train laden with Chinese products departed Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, bound for Casablanca in Morocco. A second hybrid line is taking Chinese apple juice concentrate from Gansu province to ...

Indonesian President Joko Widodo Does Final Site Inspection of New Chinese-built High Speed Railway

Indonesian President Joko Widodo got his first look at Southeast Asia's only high-speed railway that will cut travel times between Jakarta and Bandung from three hours to just 40 minutes. The 142km railway, now 90% complete, is a big gamble for ...

Sorry, Mr. Minister, China Isn’t Going to Finance Your Railway

Nigeria's Transportation Minister Mu'azu Sambo made a remarkable statement during a press conference on Friday. He is apparently still waiting for the China Exim Bank to come through with funding to build a pair of very expensive, multi-billion dollar railways. ...

What Does Kenya’s SGR Tell Us About the Future of Chinese Railway Development in the Global South

The Chinese-financed Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in Kenya is one of the flagship projects of the Belt and Road Initiative. But the SGR like other Chinese-sponsored railway projects elsewhere in the Global South also serves as a prime example of the ...

Ruto Decisions Raise Questions About SGR’s Financial Future

Repaying Kenya’s $3.7 billion loan to China for the Standard Gauge Railway is key to Kenya’s broader financial future. However, two decisions by the country’s new President, William Ruto, will make that much harder, raising the danger that the burden could fall on taxpayers. ...

Logistics Shift to Mombasa to Hit SGR Profits 

One of William Ruto's first actions as Kenyan president was to reverse a decision made by his predecessor to force logistics operators to use the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway's inland port in Naivasha for logistics and clearance services.  Ruto said the ...

Tanzania is the Latest Focal Point For Railway Construction in the Post-Megaloan Era

The Tanzanian government opened bidding to build the next stage of its new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network that will extend to the border with Burundi. Construction companies have been invited to submit proposals to build a 367-kilometer ...

Turns Out China Still Finances Railway Projects in Africa

Until recently, it was widely understood that China had stepped back from lending large amounts of money to African governments for railway projects with questionable prospects of repayment. Apparently, that was an exaggeration. Sudan, according to Bloomberg, secured ...
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