Museveni (R) meeting the delegation from China Harbour Engineering Corporation at State House Entebbe
President Yoweri Museveni has called for expeditious start of the construction of the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway.
The President was Thursday speaking during a meeting with officials from the China Harbour Engineering Corporation who called on him at State House, Entebbe to brief and update him on the progress so far of the project.
The President commended the long-standing collaboration between Uganda and China in a number of development sectors of the Ugandan economy.
Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Works and Transport is spearheading the development of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network.
Officials say the SGR will raise the country’s competitiveness, reduce the cost of doing business and foster faster socio-economic transformation of Uganda from a Peasant Society to a high middle income economy by 2040.
According to the project coordinator Kasingye Kyamugambi, SGR will be a modern, high-capacity railway system that is “efficient, reliable, safe and affordable” for both freight and passengers.
The project is being implemented as a regional project. Partner states include; Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan.
The countries agreed to use a uniform Standard Specification but each county will construct their sections.
The network will stretch from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.
In Uganda, SGR will connect to the DR Congo through Kasese District and Arua District, to Rwanda through Mirama Hills in Ntungamo District to South Sudan through Nimule in Amuru District.
Standard Gauge Railway as a back bone of transport infrastructure is expected to provide a transport service for export and import that is comparable to other services in other countries in terms of quality, cost and reliability.
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