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Kenya,Rwanda,Tanzania : WORLD BANK gives TANZANIA US $300 million to build railway line

May 6, 2014

The World Bank offered Tanzania a US $300 million loan facility to improve the country s central railway line, which runs from Dar es Salaam to Isaka. The money, when disbursed, will be used for line upgrades, repairs of the railroad, and to culverts and bridges on a line which was earmarked to get extended from Isaka to Kigali and on to Bujumbura.

With the Northern Corridor s plan to build a standard gauge railway from Mombasa, via Nairobi to the border with Uganda and then via Kampala to Rwanda, have these plans gone notably silent and it could not be established from sources in Kigali if this rail link was still to go ahead.

3 presidents of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda meet in Nairobi to assess progress on a range of cooperation deals, including the railway link but also joint projects including a refinery in Uganda to process oil on site and then distribute white fuels into the region.

Tanzania has other rail projects it is upgrading, among them the Tazara Railway which connects the port of Dar es Salaam with Zambia and which is a key transport link for imports, exports and peoples transport, though over past years hampered by mismanagement and poor upkeep.

No word has been received about plans by Tanzania to build a railway from the coast near Tanga to the Lake Victoria town of Musoma.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)