Italy to fund construction of railway line in Uganda

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Italy to fund construction of railway line in Uganda
Italian investors at State House.

The Italian government has announced plans to fund the construction of a railway line in Uganda.

This was announced  by the Italian Ambassador to Uganda, Mauro Massoni, while meeting President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House, Entebbe.

Ambassador Massoni had led a delegation of investors from Italy.

According to President Museveni, the proposal will ensure the reconstruction of the railway line from Tororo to Majanji, along with a port at Majanji in the eastern region of Uganda.

“I welcome the proposal, as this railway will facilitate trade from Northern Uganda and the neighbouring countries,”  Museveni said.

Currently, Uganda is set to commence the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway from the Kenyan border to Kampala.

“That traffic doesn’t have to come to Kampala. It can go straight either to Kenya or to Tanzania."

He added  that although the government is to start on the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway, linking straight from the Kenyan border to Kampala, the one from Tanzania will take long to come which means they will be using the lake through Majanji Island to Tororo.

Bloise Vincenzo, on behalf of the Italian Investors, further informed the President that they also seek to establish an academy to train Ugandans on the latest technology in railway line construction and maintenance.

Recently China as well committed to fund Kenya, Uganda joint railway project.

According to Kipchumba Murkomen, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Roads and Transport, the Pan-African lender African Development Bank and Kenya’s own Railway Development Fund would complement the Chinese as Nairobi and Kampala continue to woo more financiers for the cross-border project.

President William Ruto of Kenya hosted his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Thursday at State House, Nairobi, where the two leaders threw their weight behind the joint project, which is meant to go all the way to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The line will provide the required regional competitive advantage to improve regional connectivity with links to Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and DRC.

There is pressure on Kenya and Uganda to extend it to the Great Lakes region, especially the resource-rich DRC, as Tanzania pushes on with its electrified line headed in the same direction on the Central Corridor.

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