African Development Bank
AfDB Approves Funding for
Railway Project Study
Tunis — The second phase of
the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-
Musongati Railway project study will
cover the existing 970-km
Dar es Salaam-Isaka railway
link and its extensions.
The project is part of the East African
Community (EAC) priority investment
programme which attaches
great importance to multinational
poverty reduction projects,
through regional infrastructure
development and cooperation
among member countries.
The study will benefit from lessons
drawn from Phase I of the project
co-financed by the AfDB which
analyzed various rail alignments
with associated physical and
technical constraints, project
environmental and social impact,
economic and financial feasibility
and existing institutional framework.
The results were presented to
a development partners' and
private sector round table held
in Tunis in March 2009.
Phase II will focus more on deepening
the institutional framework and
structuring the project in the form
of a Public Private Partnership (PPP).
It will involve Analysis of the
project's socioeconomic benefits,
notably for the most vulnerable
people (women, children,
rural dwellers, etc.), in terms of
business development and
enhancement of economic
potential (particularly in mining,
industry and agriculture) as well
as facilitating the low-cost marketing
of goods and movement of people.
There will be a comparative analysis
of modes of transport (road, rail and
rail-road and lake-rail combination)
on the corridors to Rwanda and Burundi;
The third component comprises
environmental and social impact of
the future railway project (impact
of climate change on the project,
spread of sexually-transmitted infections,
including HIV/AIDS and the impact
of rail transport on public security)
as well as appropriate measures for
mitigating the negative impacts
during and after project implementation;
and finally, private sector participation
in financing the project and
managing railway infrastructure.
The project will provide the governments
of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi
with data and decision-making tools
to facilitate mobilization of financing,
project implementation and
railway infrastructure management.
Four mining sites will be connected to
the Keza- Musongati Section by
50 km-branch lines.
The Project Impact Area (PIA) covers
Rwanda, Burundi and North-West
Tanzania (Shinyanga and Kagera regions),
with a population of 22.7 million,
53% of whom live below
the poverty line.
* 1 UA (Units of
Account) = USD 1.59 as
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