Rwanda, Tanzania railway construction negotiations in final stages

By Alain Jules Hirwa
On 30 November 2019 at 09:59

Tanzanian and Rwanda governments are in final stages of negotiations on the construction of a railroad that will connect Tanzania’s dry port of Isaka and Kigali.

On Wednesday, President John Magufuli of Tanzania through his country’s national television noted that the more than 400 kilometers long railroad will facilitate transport not only for Tanzania and Rwanda but also Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He further clarified that a study of the project was completed and that both countries are looking for funds for its implementation.

Rwanda and Tanzania will share costs for the construction of the 532 kilometer railway, with Rwanda’s funding starting from Rusumo to Kigali which will also have a short jut to Bugesera International Airport.

In Rwanda, the railroad will be 138 kilometers long while in Tanzania it will be 393 kilometers. It is budgeted to cost 3.6 billion US dollars where Tanzania will incur 2.3 billion US dollars while Rwanda will invest 1.3 million US dollars.

Tanzania will spend 5 million US dollars per kilometer while Rwanda’s cost will be 9 million US dollars per kilometer, the higher cost attribute to the hilly topography.

Tanzania will spend 5 million US dollars per kilometer while Rwanda’s cost will be 9 million US dollars per kilometer, the higher cost attribute to the hilly topography.

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