Tanzania and Rwanda to Speed Up Rail Project

The governments of Tanzania and Rwanda have agreed to closely monitor and speed up the process to start the construction of the railway line between the two countries to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

In an interview with a local newspaper on Wednesday, the Rwandan minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Louise Mushikiwabo, said the two countries have committed themselves to ensuring that the construction work starts mid-next year and be completed within five years as scheduled.

The construction of the railway line to link Dar es Salaam and Kigali is expected to cost at least $5.3 billion or about.The agreement was among the outcomes of a meeting between Ms Mushikiwabo and her Tanzanian counterpart, Mr Bernard Membe.

Ms Mushikiwabo was on a visit to Tanzania aimed at cementing good relations as part of strategies to promote East African Community on issues of free movement of people among the countries.

The railway line would be a very important economic infrastructure link between the two countries, she said. “The railway will be a means of transporting people and goods as Rwanda is landlocked,” she said.