Rwanda Choose Tanzania for Rail Link to Indian Ocean
May 21, 2016
Rwanda’s rail links to the Indian Ocean will pass through Tanzania, instead of Kenya, due to lower cost and less time needed for the construction. The Tanzanian option will link Kigali to Dar es Salaam for an estimated cost of around USD900m versus USD1bn for the Kenyan option, according to the Rwanda Ministry of East African Community Affairs. The primary objective of the railway is to provide the landlocked countries of Rwanda and Burundi and the interior of Tanzania with a more efficient and low cost transport link to the port of Dar es Salaam via the Central Corridor. The rail links to the Indian Ocean will be constructed under the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, which is expected to be completed by 2018 at the total cost of USD5.2bn.