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Tanzania-Rwanda rail expansion to improve East African rail links

Published on May 11, 2017

The first phase of news standard gauge line in Kenya from Mombasa to Nairobi is approaching completion. This project may have given added emphasis to the development of the Tanzanian line.

Both new lines, as with the ageing colonial-era lines in the region, connect landlocked Eastern Africa to the rival ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, Kenya and Tanzania’s competing windows on the world. Mombasa is already the larger of the two and its possession of a far superior rail connection could have proved to decide in attracting business. 

The new contract relates to the 300-kilometer section of line between Dar and Morogoro. A joint venture of Turkey’s Yapi Merkezi and Mota-Engil of Portugal were awarded the contract in December following a competitive tender managed by Tanzania Railways Corporation. Both companies have made Africa a marketing priority. Yapi Merkezi had requested financial guarantees on the project from the Turkish government. Ankara is keen to encourage much greater involvement in Africa by Turkish companies. Read more. Source | Logistics Update Africa