The Chinese-funded Mombassa-Nairobi railway line, valued at nearly $3.3 billion, was recently opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Mombassa, Kenya.
According to the Managing Director of Kenya Railways, Atanas K. Maina, besides drastically reducing travel time from Mombassa to Nairobi, this project would help boost the livelihood of Kenyans and also create jobs.
The railway which will eventually link a large part of East Africa to a major port on the Indian Ocean, is the first phase to connect Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan to Mombassa
There are positive prospects for trade with the launch of this railway. “I expect significant and positive economic spillover effects,” said Aly Khan Satchu, a Nairobi-based investment consultant. “There has been a lot of chatter about the need to move 100 million low-cost manufacturing jobs out of China, and this positions Kenya as a possible beneficiary and recipient of that transfer.”
According to Maina, the facility will enable people move from Mombasa, through to Nairobi, and go to the national parks, tour, and then move on to other locations, thereby benefiting and boosting tourism