NAIROBI, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The African Development Bank has approved over $696 million in financing for a rail project to link Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the bank said.
The project will connect to the existing rail network of Tanzania, providing access to the port of Dar es Salaam to neighbouring countries.
Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan is pushing to complete big-ticket infrastructure projects started under her predecessor John Magufuli to boost trade with neighbouring east and central African countries.
In the first phase of the project some 400 km of rail has been built between Dar es Salaam and Tanzania’s administrative capital Dodoma, and a section linking Dodoma to the central town of Tabora is under construction.
The project’s total cost in Tanzania and Burundi is estimated at more than $3.9 billion.