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Mombasa-Nairobi railway 'worth the cost' for Kenyan people

2017-05-31 17:55[CGTN] 来源:互联网 评论:0条

Located on Africa's east coast, Kenya connects eastern and central parts of the continent. As a participant of China's Belt and Road Initiative, the country is updating its infrastructure by building the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

Though standing as the key trade gateway of east and central Africa, with its outdated infrastructure Kenya could easily lose this advantage of linking several countries to the world and the world to Africa by sea.

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“It was absolutely necessary for Kenya to upgrade its infrastructure, and one of the key ones was the railway. They have a fundamental purpose – to take goods to the global market and bring goods into this region,” said economist Aly Khan Satchu.

The SGR is the country's biggest project since independence in 1963. The first phase of the project, which runs from Mombasa to Nairobi, costs about 3.8 billion US dollars. There has been criticism against the Kenyan government over the cost, with one question on many Kenyan tax payers’ minds being is the project worth it.

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According to Aly Khan Satchu, besides those who have already enjoyed the benefits of the project by getting new jobs – there are already 30,000 Kenyans who have been employed since the project began in late 2013 – once the service is launched, Kenyans will be able to experience the benefits of the new railway.

For people who do use the train, they will get to see some of the most breathtaking scenery of Kenya. The second phase of the railway line will be completed by December 2017.

The Mombasa-Nairobi railway is not just a milestone for Kenyan construction, but for gender equality too. Eight Kenyan women were selected to go to China to learn driving. Four of them will be driving the inaugural train.


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