THE transport minister of Rwanda, Mr Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye and his Tanzanian counterpart, Mr Makame Mbarawa, agreed on March 9 to electrify the planned 407km standard-gauge line linking Isaka in Tanzania with the Rwandan capital Kigali.
THE president of Rwanda Mr Paul Kagame and his Tanzanian counterpart Mr John Magufuli signed an agreement in Dar es Salaam on January 14 pledging to press ahead with the construction of a standard-gauge line which will connect landlocked Rwanda with the Indian Ocean.
TANZANIA’s president Mr John Magufuli officially launched construction on April 12 of the first phase of the country’s 2561km standard-gauge railway project which will eventually link the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam with Mwanza on Lake Victoria and Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika, as well as neighbouring Rwanda and Burundi.
THE governments of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania have issued a request for expressions of interest from suitable qualified and experienced firms which have the capacity to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the proposed 1661km Dar Es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIIKM) railway project as a public-private partnership (PPP).
TWO contracts valued at $US 9bn have been awarded by the Tanzanian government to Chinese civil engineering companies to construct two new standard-gauge railways, one linking the country to Burundi and Rwanda, and the other connecting mines to a port.