Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works has reaffirmed its commitment to facilitate flawless infrastructure connectivity with neighbouring Uganda in order to boost trade between the two nations.
Earlier this week, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport and infrastructure, James Macharia, participated in bilateral talks between Kenya and Uganda during which the two nations discussed ways of strengthening their economic ties.
As part of an ongoing deal, Uganda’s Government, has committed to extend the famous Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network by building a new line between Kenya’s Malaba and Uganda’s Kampala regions that will facilitate seamless connectivity between Uganda and Kenya’s Port of Mombasa.
The Ministry confirmed that network will later be extended to Uganda’s borders with South Sudan & the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On the other hand, Kenya will offer Uganda land to build a dry port for its cargo in the former’s Naivasha region as part of the joint Standard Gauge Railway project.
Kenya hosted Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni at the Port of Mombasa where he witnessed the loading of cargo from the port directly to a train on a port relief line that is connected directly to the SGR.
Following the talks, Uganda’s President Museveni acknowledged improvements to Kenya’s infrastructure.
“The turnaround time for cargo at Mombasa port has improved immensely during H.E. Kenyatta’s presidency,” he said referring to Kenya’s Head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Travel time for cargo between Mombasa and Uganda has also improved significantly,” he added.
Museveni spoke just hours before he became the first foreign Head of State to travel on the SGR. He commended the passenger service for its comfort and professionalism and re-emphasized Uganda’s commitment to extend the SGR to Uganda.