A number of Chinese projects continue to spiral in various parts of Africa, however railway infrastructure help to boost major development as part of Sino-African cooperation.
There has been a number of major Chinese-built or funded projects from South, East to North and West African countries including in the sub-Saharan Africa over the years, but the most significant has been the railway projects.
China has built major railways in various parts of the African continent including in Ethiopia in Djibouti.
This 752.7-km rail is the first ever electrified rail known as Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway in that part of the region.
This railway was constructed by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and it is the second trans-national railway built by Chinese in Africa, following the Tazara – Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority.
China also launched the Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project funded by China’s Exim Bank.
The 120.4-km line starts from the Kenyan capital city to Malaba, a border city between Kenya and Uganda.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hailed this project as “the modern railway line that would catalyse Kenya’s industrial transformation and position the country as an investment hub.”
Then there’s Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge railway, linking Nigeria’s capital Abuja and the north-western state of Kaduna, it was opened in July.
The 186.5-km line was built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation with nine stations and a designed speed of 150 km per hour.
The railway replaces the existing narrow gauge system and allows high-speed train operations on the railway network.
Source: Xinhua | Jan 4