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The Case For Kenya’s Embattled Chinese-Financed Standard Gauge Railway

The embattled Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya that now faces a critical test as to whether it will be able to survive the worsening economic crisis. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

Critics of Kenya’s multi-billion-dollar Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) definitely have the upper hand these days as the railway sinks deeper into debt. But George Sunguh, managing editor of African Ports Review, argued today in Business Daily that the skeptics are wrong.

The SGR isn’t a so-called “white elephant” but instead “is breathing new life into the Port of Mombasa,” he said.

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