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Tanzania PM says 300-km standard gauge railway 87 pct complete

2020-08-10 10:36:26 Xinhuanet.com

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Friday inspected construction of the 300-km SGR the commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Morogoro.

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Friday inspected construction of the 300-km standard gauge railway (SGR) from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, said a statement issued by his office.

The statement said relevant officials told Majaliwa that construction of the 300-km SGR is 87 percent complete.

"The government has embarked on the construction of the transportation infrastructure to enhance trade within and outside the country," said the statement, adding that improvement of the infrastructure was also aimed at giving Tanzanians more choices for the mode of transportation.

In November 2019, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said the governments of Tanzania and Rwanda were in final stages of negotiations to construct an SGR from Isaka dry port in Tanzania to Rwanda.

Magufuli said the SGR will also serve landlocked countries of Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He said feasibility studies for the SGR linking Tanzania and Rwanda have already been undertaken, adding that the two countries are now looking for financiers of the project.

Also in November 2019, the Trade and Development Bank (TDB), a trade and development financial institution in Africa, approved a loan of 1 billion U.S. dollars to Tanzania for infrastructure projects.

A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications at Chamwino State House in Dodoma said the release of the loan was announced by TDB President and Chief Executive Officer Admassu Tadesse during talks with President Magufuli.

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