Kenya launches construction of regional railway line

Kenya has launched construction of a $5.2 billion railway line which when completed will link Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

The 1,250-kilometre-long railway will be constructed with funding from China and will initially cover the Mombasa to Nairobi route.

The initial line is expected to be completed by 2017, with further extensions to Uganda, eastern DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan to follow.

The railway line is expected to boost Kenya’s status as a regional economic hub and also promote economic integration of the East African Community (EAC) through the sharing of infrastructure facilities among member states.

In November 2012, East African heads of state met under the theme “deepening the EAC integration process through the development of efficient infrastructure systems to support trade and industrialisation”.

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Jobs boom in Kisumu county due to influx of cash for projects

The ongoing multi-million shilling projects in Kisumu County have seen a number of unemployed youth gain meaningful sources of income.

Heightened property development has attracted stone masons and transporters of building materials who have pitched camp next to Kondele Police Station to exploit the opportunity.

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Athi River Mining to double production

Athi River Mining (ARM) will spend over US$400m on the construction of new cement plants in Tanzania and Kenya.

Pradeep Paunrana, the company's chief executive, said a new plant in Tanga, Tanzania, would have a capacity of 1.2Mt/yr and will be completed within five months.

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Outer ring road receives Ksh10.2B for road expansion

The government of Kenya will also inject an extra 850 million shillings towards the project which will begin next year.

The 13-kilometer project, on completion is expected to directly enhance the traffic circulation and eliminate traffic bottlenecks to various economic activity centers such as the industrial zone, and the vast populous residential areas of Eastlands.

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