Presidents of East African Community (EAC) countries launched in Dar Es Salaam last week the construction of the East Africa’s Central Corridor railway line.
The multi-national railways will link the port of Dar Es Salaam with a number of land-locked countries in the region, namely Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, for non-stop consignment of cargos.
It is estimated that consignment time will be reduce to two days from weeks currently.
Except for the Tanzania-Zambia Railway line (Tazara), there is no effective regional railroad network within East Africa.
The national rail networks of the East African member states are mostly independent of one another and integration of East Africa’s rail systems is complicated by the use of different gauges in the subregion.