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Tanzania and Uganda sign rail pact with Chinese firm

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    23rd December 11
    Tanzania and Uganda sign rail pact with Chinese firm


    Sylivester Domasa
    Tanzania and Uganda yesterday signed an agreement with a Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation for the construction of Tanga-Arusha and Musoma-Uganda railway for speeding up linkages between the East African economies.
    Under the USD 450 million project, the Chinese’s Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has been commissioned to conduct a feasibility study and implementation of the project, said Transport Minister, Omar Nundu.
    The two countries also signed the USD3billion Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the railway line and the three ports.
    “Both countries have agreed to contribute funds for the construction of the railway line and the Mwanabari port facility in Tanga, Musoma and Uganda,” he noted.
    “We hope implementation will start very soon and that the feasibility study will take between three and six months and the project completed by 2015,” said Nundu.
    The minister described improved infrastructures as instrumental in promoting EAC economic integration, thus enhancing growth and development among regional partner states.
    The railway and ports will facilitate the flow of commodities and simplify movements in both areas, using the railways and modern ports that will be built in Tanga, Musoma and Uganda.
    Dr Chebrat Slepher, the Uganda minister for Transport said there is no way development can be achieved without clearly defined means of transport.
    He said with limited infrastructure facilities no country can develop economically, socially or intellectually.
    “The most interesting part of this project is that it would reduce congestion at Mombasa port. Residents and traders from Tanzania or Uganda will not have to worry about wasting time in long queues waiting to offload or load their goods …now, there are many options,” he said.
    For his part, Managing Director of CCEC, Wang Xiangdong assured the two governments that experts would soon start conducting feasibility study on the project, and that they were expected to arrive in the country next week.
    He said feasibility will take up to April next year followed by the construction of the railway line and ports in the identified areas.
    “This time the construction of the railway line will be enlarged to 1,435mm which is the standard gauge used in other countries and directed by the both governments” he explained.
    Xiangdong said his company will be willing to offer technical and administrative training to all staffs using local individuals.
    The two East African Community partner states are out to put up a Tanga-Arusha-Musoma railway line and ports at Tanga (Mwambani) and Musoma in Tanzania and Kampala in Uganda.

    THE GUARDIAN
     
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    MkamaP JF-Expert Member

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    Good stuff
     
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    Wale ndugu zetu wa bandari ya Mombasa lazima povu litawatoka maana wanataka kila kitu.
     
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    ..tatizo ni hicho kipande cha Arusha -- Musoma.

    ..tutarudi kulekule kwenye mgogoro wa barabara ya Arusha-Serengeti-Musoma.
     
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    Tutatengeneza flyover. Teh teh teh
     
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    Jk akifanikisha hili within the stipulated time. ntajifanya msahaulifu na kusahau yote aliyovurunda.
     
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    What about the Dar-Kigali railway project...How far has it gone on the ground or it merely the signing of papers?
     
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    just wait and see what will happen after this treaty..
     
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    Bandari ya Mombasa haiwezi kidhi hata mahitaji ya Kenya na ndio sababu mradi wa Bandari kubwa ya Lamu
    umeshaanza. Mafuta yote ya Sudan Kusini yatapitia hapo. Kisha itajengwa barabra , reli na viwanja vya ndege
    Yaani the largest infrastructure project in Sub-saharan Africa north of limpopo
    Haya hapa maelezo
    The government of Kenya is moving steadily toward economic development over the next couple of decades. Vision 2030 is a forward looking plan to increase the country’s GDP.
    Infrastructure is one of the major areas slated for improvement under the Vision. The development plans include significant improvements to roads, railways, seaports, airports, water, sanitation and telecommunications. Kenya is focusing on these in the hope of attracting, accelerating and retaining investors who often complain its dilapidated facilities increase the cost of doing business, rendering Kenya’s products uncompetitive in the global market.
    Improved transportation, more reliable shipping methods and a dependable telecommunications network will ensure the success of Kenya’s economic growth plan and reduce risk significantly for investors. The proposed plan is estimated to cost $22 billion.
    [h=2]Lamu Port[/h] The new Lamu port will serve Kenya, the East African Community, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, the Central Africa Republic, DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville and Chad. Its importance stems from the port’s ability to handle super post-Panamax vessels because of its deep natural channel — 18 meters in depth. The new Lamu port will be the largest on the continent, serving as a trans-African port. Construction will begin next year, and the entire project will take five years.
    The port project, estimated to cost $3.5 billion, will also serve as a trade corridor from Lamu to Juba in Southern Sudan after a standard gauge rail-track is constructed.
    The regions to be served by the port will be connected by a standard railway gauge that will run from Lamu with a capacity to handle trains moving at 160 kph when the project is finally completed in 2015. The new railway network will connect the corridor from Lamu to Southern Sudan, Uganda, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Chad. The proposed railway line has already been incorporated in the East Africa Railway Master Plan.
    [h=2]Kenya- Sudan- Ethiopia Second Transport Corridor Project[/h] Kenya’s plans to link the new port at Lamu by rail to Juba provides the shortest distance to the sea for Southern Sudan. An important objective is to export oil from Sudan. The land and rail corridor can provide an alternative route for southern Sudan oil which now transported by a pipeline to Port Sudan in the north eastern part of the country.
    Construction of the second transport corridor connecting the planned Lamu port to Southern Sudan and Ethiopia will provide an opportunity to open up the remote and dry Northern parts of Kenya. The rail and road link from Lamu to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and another to Juba in Southern Sudan will pass through the northern parts of the country, which is resource rich but unexploited.
    From Lamu, the corridor will pass through Hola, Bura to Garissa. Hola and Bura are agriculturally rich with potential for rice and cotton production. The government has already launched a Sh2 billion irrigation project to boost food production in Hola.
    There are plenty of deposits of cement around Wajir and titanium in the west of Lamu. Another route from Garissa will head to Mwingi and Matuu where there are rich deposits of coal and iron ore. The channel will provide easy access to the mines for shipment through Lamu port.
    The third branch from Garissa will proceed to Isiolo, which will also be made a resort city and a free economic zone. Isiolo will be an intersection point for three corridor routes. The first route will proceed to Moyale at the Kenya- Ethiopian border. Ethiopia is already developing the route having completed a feasibility study on the railway line connecting Addis Ababa to Moyale.
    The second route from Isiolo will proceed to Nairobi where the new corridor will be linked to the existing Northern Corridor and a final route will proceed to Lokichoggio at the Kenya- Southern Sudan border. Lamu and Mombasa will be connected by a railway line and the two ports will compliment each other. Mombasa port is currently serving Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC only.
    The government of Southern Sudan will construct its part of the corridor link to the Kenya border near Lokichoggio.
    [h=2]Ethiopia[/h] In line with its commitment to support integrated infrastructure development in the Regional Member Countries, the African Development Bank Group recently approved a $326 million loan to finance the second phase of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa Road Corridor Project. It involves the construction and tarring of 438 km road sections including 245 km Merille River-Marsabit-Turbi road section in Kenya and 193 km Ageremariam-Yabelo-Mega road section in Ethiopia, the construction of roadside socio-economic infrastructure, and the construction of a One-Stop-Border-Post.
    The project will benefit trade in Kenya and Ethiopia by:

    • Improving transportation between Kenya and Ethiopia for the benefit of both countries and the region.
    • Reducing transport and shipping costs between Kenya and Ethiopia
    • Reduce transit time for imports and exports
    • Increasing the volume of Ethiopian goods transiting through the Mombasa Port in Kenya.
    • Promoting trade and regional integration and increasing intra-regional trade between Ethiopia and Kenya as well as the Eastern and Horn of Africa regions.
    [h=2]Modernization of the EAC Railways[/h] The existing EAC railways will be modernized into a high-speed railway line to ease the burden from the roads and increase the speed of movement of bulk cargo into and outside the region. This will involve:

    • Overhauling the current Mombasa-Busia-Torot-Kampala line
    • Extending the modern line to Kigali and Kisangani and from port of Dar-es-Salaam through Bujumbura to Kisangani with a link to Kigali.
    The rail system will:

    • Reduce inter-regional freight transport costs from nearly 45% to 15%
    • Be of a high capacity and able to sustain trains hauling a minimum of 4,000 tons traveling at an average speed of 120km/h
    • Meet increased transport demands that are projected to be in excess of 30 million tons by the year 2030
    • Be completed in phases with the Mombasa-Nairobi section of the line expected to be completed by 2013 while the Nairobi-Kisumu- Malaba one is projected to end by 2016.
    [h=2]Airports and resorts[/h] International airports will be constructed in Lamu, Isiolo and Lokichoggio, three important centers along the new transport corridor. The three centers will also be made resort cities.
    [h=2]Oil Refinery[/h] An oil refinery with a capacity to process 120,000 barrels of oil per day will be constructed at the new port of Lamu to meet the growing demand for oil products in the region. It will largely refine crude oil from Southern Sudan and other parts of the world to serve the larger East African market.
    [h=2]Power Generation[/h] For Kenya to be competitive in the region and beyond, the availability of reliable, adequate and affordable power, among other key infrastructure components, is imperative.
    Kenyan electricity producer, Kengen, opened its 15 billion shilling Public Infrastructure Bond Offer to investors in September 2009. KenGen received subscriptions worth 335 million for its bond offer, meaning the issue was oversubscribed by at least 68%.
    Funds from the bond will be invested in diverse sources of energy. About 80% of the capital would be used in generation of thermal power while the remainder would go to upgrade power plants at the Tana River Delta. The additional funds will also enable the implementation of renewable power projects like geothermal.
     
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    Huyo ndiye Jakaya Mrisho Kiwkete, nyinyi semeni yeye anafanya kweli.
     
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    Sijui JK yuko wapi hapa, kwenye main article au sub-article ya kenya 2030? (na siyo Kiwkete FF!)
     
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    thats unfair of you, y speak ill of a peace loving neighbour? (by no scale is Kenya envious of its neighbours progress, its for the better of EA community, have your devts and be proud of it, dont rub it on all of us) in any case Kenya has massive investments already taking form in all spheres of influence with the aim of diversifyn its economic base away from the norm of agriculture, tourism, hoticulture and micro finance/banking platforms as is currently to a more dynamic cosmopolitan like economy as outlined under vision 2030 blue print: silicon valley being the most hyped about, road and rail infrastructure devt to widen scope of our economic zones, transforming of Kenya to an outsourcing hub and many others that deal with mineral utilisation. take note no one is bragging. The master plan is already inculcated within scholar educational syllabuses at all levels to bring about a more aware, task oriented work force. Reason being, large scale infrastructure devt must be in tandem or supplemented with equally professional skills nurtured at our own institutions (ridding the culture of importing HR) with an aim of maitaining gains on all platforms. As i said earlier, Kenya has its own social economic priorities, so are Tanzanians but we aint jealous...we thrive in a free and fair economic environment where competition is encouraged.
     
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    Kama TAZARA iko hoi hii itakuwa na tofauti gani. Siasa bana .
     
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    Unajipa moyo tu Ngongo, tuna Reli nyingine mbili; TZR na Central Line amnazo zinatushinda, sasa tunakimbilia reli ya 3. TUTAWEZA?
    Tatizo letu sio kukosa raslimali bali kushindwa kusimamia mali zetu.
    Hao ndugu zetu unaowasema wana bandari moja tu, sisi tuna zaidi ya 2 (nasikia tunaongeza nyingine Bagamoyo) lkn Mombasa tu inawaingizia kuliko bandari zetu zote!
     
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    Safi sana...lakini pia inasikitisha kusikia wabongo wenzetu wakilalama kila kukicha et ooh kama tulishindwa hiki tutaweza hiki, haya ndo mambo (lack of self belief) yanayaofanya jirani zenu waendelee kuwacheka kila kukicha...:A S embarassed:
     
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    Nani amekuambia iyo ya Mombasa ni bomba? Kama ni hivyo basi Museveni asingehangaika kushughulikia huu mradi at fast track! Kasumba nyingine ndo zinawafanya manyang'au wawachukulie kazi zenu kila siku kwa simple mind games
     
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    Mkuu, huo ndo ukweli. Huku kwetu kaskazini baadhi ya watu hupitishia magari yao Mombasa, vivyo hivyo Waganda, Congo DR (east) Rwanda na Burundi. Wanaona heri mizigo yao izunguke lakini iwahi kuliko kupitia Dar pafupi lakini wachelewe.
     
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    Kashindwa kuokoa wananchiwaliokufa Dar ataweza ya reli? Yeye aendelee kwenda kucheza mdundiko tu ndio anauweza haya mengine kasingiziwa.
     
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    hongereni jk na m7 this is why you are there
     
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    no need for name calling, its one thing for a government to initiate an investment and its another to persuade the intended clientel to utilise it. Currently most Ugandan traders would prefer their containers hauled via Kenya.../hard ideology to beat when u factor in economy of time, distance proximity and accumulated total costs in the inland freight/ I ask myself again, which route will be the most cost efficient to the ugandans or any profit oriented enterprises?.... tall order to beat, museveni can only create an alternative route for govt transanctions though most would prefer the kenyan route still. Mechanization of mombasa port meks us a favrait a title we hold still, envision the same on lamu having in perspective expected number of nations to be served, size of vessels expected to dock which mombasa currently cant handle, oil rumps and facilities for S.Sudan and u have yourself a mega project.
     
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