May 11, 2014

EAC Leaders, China Sign Deal For Construction Of Regional Railway

The protocol was signed at Sunday's special meeting attended by Presidents, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame, Salva Kiir and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China paving the way for its implementation.
The protocol was signed at Sunday’s special meeting attended by Presidents, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame, Salva Kiir and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China paving the way for its implementation.

East African leaders and China have formally signed agreements for the construction of a new multi-billion dollar regional railway.

The protocol was signed at Sunday’s special meeting attended by Presidents, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame, Salva Kiir and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China paving the way for its implementation.

The first Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects held in Kampala last year decided that Member States develop a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as a regional project. The 3rd Summit directed that the SGR protocol be developed. The draft protocol was presented to the 5th Summit this month in Nairobi.

“I thank His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta for being a real East African, not in words, but in action. Even the Bible says we shall know them by their fruits” – President Museveni spoke glowingly of his East African counterpart, according to Sarah Kagingo, he Special Presidential Assistant on Communications.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni append his signature as an elated Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta looks on.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (R) appends his signature as an elated Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta looks on.

The overall objective of the SGR is to jointly develop and operate a modern, fast, reliable, efficient and high capacity regional railway transport system as a seamless single system and as a mechanism to stimulate overall economic development.

The SGR project starts in Mombasa, the gateway to East and Central Africa through Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali and Juba. The project covers about 3,200 kilometres of railway track.

5 thoughts on “EAC Leaders, China Sign Deal For Construction Of Regional Railway

  1. Big dream. Unlike the West noise makers and saboteurs, China is truthful and practical. It will deliver this project.This project is not for the presidents,it is for the people of East Africa. Well done.

  2. I like these 3 guys let kikwete and Nkuruziza build there own.bcse they are playing games perhaps are from the same genes.Bravo,Uhuru,Museven.Kagame,and Kiir

  3. China is simply tasked to oil the global village trend or call it the new world order and the Chinese positioning isn’t any coincidence at all. China unlike the west resorted to different approach whereas having similar goals as the west. This world will never cease to surprise. Iam just giving you information.

  4. China will deliver but they should make sure some crazy money minded Ugandans don’t get involved in the deal otherwise it will be baptized ‘air supply’

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