TALK AFRICA: Kenya’s new railway

This week on Talk Africa!

The SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence in 1963, and now it is fully operational. The 485km link will more than halve travel time for passengers between East Africa’s biggest port and the Kenyan capital- Nairobi. It is also the first stage in a network that will eventually stretch across much of East Africa; transforming transport, trade links and economic development in the region. Built and funded by the Chinese government, it is a prime example of China-Africa cooperation.

So what benefits will the Standard Gauge Railway bring to Kenya and East Africa? And how does this project fit into China’s One Belt One Road Initiative?