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Tanzania: Modern Cargo Trains Launched in DarFriday, March 27, 2015 > 09:55:20
FOUR modern cargo trains that will operate from Dar es Salaam to landlocked neighbouring countries were launched at a colourful ceremony on Wednesday.
The launching was witnessed by President Jakaya Kikwete, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.Rwanda was represented by minister for infrastructure, Mr James Musoni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by infrastructure minister, Mr Justine Mwanangongo and Kenya by foreign affairs minister, Ms Amina Muhamed.
The launch was preceded by a meeting to discuss the progress of the Central Corridor, a multi-modal trade and transport passage which links Tanzania's main port of Dar es Salaam with the neighbouring landlocked countries
Earlier, speaking at the opening of the meeting, President Kikwete said another project to build a central railway line from Dar es Salaam to Msongati would start in June, this year.
"The construction would take four years to complete," he said,
He added that the work was going to start from Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali-Kitega/Keza toMsongati and would be implemented by a contractor M/s CANARAIL/GIBB Africa.
He said it was important to expedite growth of cross-border infrastructure projects aimed at boosting trade and economic integration in the region.
On Wednesday's development comes as the government has highlighted plans to upgrade its railway line and connect inland countries like Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern DRC to Dar es Salaam port through a 1,300 km central corridor.
Mr Kikwete said that with Kenya planning the development of a 1,700 km northern corridor to link Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC to its Mombasa port, the two infrastructure corridors could work to complement one another.