One of the outcomes of the visit of President Paul Kagame to Tanzania has been revealed; both countries have agreed to construct a standard gauge railway from Isaka in Tanzania to Kigali.
Construction of the much-awaited railway of the central corridor which has been pending for sometime will start this year, according to Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure.
“During his visit to Tanzania, HE Paul Kagame and his counterpart John Pombe Magufuli agreed to start the Constitution of the 400 km Standard Gauge Railway Isaka-Kigali this year as part of efforts to connect Rwanda to Dar es Salaam port,” Ministry of Infrastructure tweeted.
President Kagame and Magufuli spoke to the media in a press conference some hours after Kagame’s arrival to Tanzania for a one-day working visit.
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), 400 kilometers will be co-financed by Rwanda and Tanzania.
At this occasion, President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania said that Ministers of Foreign Affairs from both countries should meet next week to fast track implementation of the project, “because feasibility study was finished.”
“President Kagame and I want to unveil the foundation stone to usher the construction this year,” the thecitizen.co.tz quoted president Magufuli as saying.
He even said if necessary, both countries will acquire loans to make this project a success.
Meanwhile, construction of SGR from Tanzanian side is underway in two phases; from Dar es Salam to Morogoro and from Morogoro to Dodoma.
Tanzanian government committed 7 trillion Tanzanian Shillings to both phases.
Tanzania expressed her support to president Kagame’s African Union chairmanship.
Kagame will take over the rotational assignment from President Alpha Condé of Guinea on January 28th during the 30th AU General Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“I am happy to work with President Magufuli and other African presidents. They have given me these responsibilities because they are ready to give me support to enable me to accomplish my task,” Kagame said.