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The Genesis: Kenya-China $5bn deal could spell end of ‘lunatic express’ #SGRLaunch

An ambitious deal between Kenya and China may spell the end of the line for "the lunatic express" and lay the tracks for a new railway that will propel East Africa into the 21st...

#SGRLaunch: Role of the SGR in EAC integration

According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the SGR is destined to go beyond Kenya’s borders, into Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The railway is expected to run from Nairobi to Mombasa and...

Chinese couples hold their wedding at Kenyan train station

Work at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Nairobi Terminus on Saturday momentarily came to a halt when Kenyan workers joined their Chinese peers to witness a group wedding of four Chinese couples. The ceremony, conducted...

IMF’s role in BRI: Policy coordination & technical assistance

This week China invited key players around the world to share the benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative, IMF's Christine Largarde was among them and on the sidelines of the forum she told...

Kenya lauds Belt and Road Initiative as best model for growth of Africa

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative is the best model for Africa's desired progress, Xinhua reports. Kenyatta told a round-table summit of global leaders in Beijing that the...

How is Africa benefiting from the Belt & Road Initiative?

In 2013, on a visit to Kazakhstan, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a proposal for a “Silk Road Economic Belt.” In South East Asia later that year, Xi proposed a “21-Century Maritime Silk Road.” The...

Chinese enterprises offer local employment to Kenyans

In Kenya, an ambitious new Chinese construction project is taking place in the country. The Wu Yi Company has repaired and built several roads in the country. Now, it's most ambitious project yet includes a...

Belt and Road: Revamping Mombasa port speeds up turnaround times

Mombasa is East Africa's busiest port and plays an important role in the One Belt One Road project. To take advantage of the new rail link to Nairobi, the port has been revamped and expanded....

China pledges additional $14.5 billion for Belt and Road Initiative

China will contribute an additional 100 billion yuan (14.5 billion U.S. dollars) to the Silk Road Fund to scale up financing support for the Belt and Road Initiative. Chinese President Xi Jinping made the announcement...

Chinese Vice Premier presents five-point Belt and Road proposal

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli is keen to see the Belt and Road Initiative benefit the countries involved and their people. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Forum in Beijing, Zhang outlined a five-point...