TZ-Uganda Rail Link Planned
East African Business Week (Kampala)
25 June 2007
Posted to the web 25 June 2007
Uganda is set to open up a railway route to Tanzania around Lake Victoria in the west to improve the transport sector in the country, President Yoweri Museveni disclosed last week.
Today, Uganda has only one sea route through Kenya.
While speaking at the 5th extraordinary summit of the EAC Heads of State last week, Mr. Museveni mentioned cheaper transport to the sea as one of three ingredients Uganda needs before it can take off.
“We are also looking at the third option of opening up another railway route from Musoma to Arusha to Tanga in northern Tanzania,” Museveni said.
The president was speaking during the Presidential Investment Round Table at the Imperial Resort Hotel in Entebbe last Thursday.
He said that the lines to Mombasa and to Dar-es-Salaam would be improved jointly with the Kenya and Tanzania governments.
The East African Community (EAC) has in the meantime commenced a US$350,000 East African Railways Master Plan study.
In Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, railway concession projects have been sustained with the handover of Kenya Railways Corporation and Uganda Railways Corporation to Rift Valley Railways Company last year.
The concession agreement between RITES of India and the Tanzania government was initialed in September 2006
The Round Table, which started four years ago, consists of experts and entrepreneurs from Uganda and abroad who generate ideas for Uganda to improve her investment opportunities.
Museveni urged the members to identify crucial interventions that can help grow investment.
He explained that the information and communications technology ministry was created on the recommendation of the group in 2004.