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Cutting the Cost of Shipping Goods between East Africa

Uganda has started construction to restore a British-era railway line after it failed to get funding from China for another standard gauge railway (SGR). The line, part of the East Africa rail network that stretches from Kenya’s seaport of Mombasa, was built during British colonial rule in the early 20th century and has not been in use for nearly 40 years. Sengendo said China Road and Bridge Corporation will restore the old line in the next two years for $55.48m provided by the Ugandan government. The restored line will connect the town of Tororo in Uganda’s east, near the Kenyan border, with the town of Gulu in Uganda’s north, near the South Sudan border. Ugandan officials hope the restored rail line will replace trucks shipping goods to both South Sudan and DRC. The restoration follows on the heels of another project to build a standard gauge railway to link Naivasha in Kenya and Uganda’s capital Kampala, announced last week by the respective countries’ transport ministers.