Rwanda, Tanzania agree SGR railway construction deal
Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed to build a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Isaka (northwestern Tanzania) to Kigali.
The joint project will construct an SGR trade route between the northwestern Tanzanian town and the Rwandan capital, facilitating the transport of goods between the two neighbouring countries.
Rwanda, Tanzania strike deal
The agreement was reached after a meeting between Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Tanzania’s John Magufuli. The two leaders met during Paul Kagame’s one-day visit to the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam on Monday.
Magufuli said that the infrastructure ministers of both countries have been instructed to meet in the coming weeks to deliberate on an agreed financial model and begin planning the project.
“We have agreed to start the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway line from Isaka to Kigali,” Magufuli told reporters on Monday. “We have instructed the Infrastructure ministers from the two countries to meet within the next two weeks to start planning the implementation of the project. We want the construction to start immediately because the feasibility studies and designs are complete.”
Connecting the capitals
The railway project is expected to connect Dar es Salaam with Kigali via Isaka, thus improving the movement of goods between the two countries. According to studies conducted by the East African Community (EAC), the railway project will cost Rwanda up to $900 million, in addition to another $1billion railway project with Uganda.
Rwanda maintains that it intends to push ahead with both routes in order to increase efficiency and reduce the cost of transporting goods.
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