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Finally, Some Good News For Kenya’s Embattled 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

While Kenya struggles to repay billions of dollars of loans to the China Exim Bank used to build the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the government is getting a badly-needed boost from higher cargo and passenger volumes.

Kenya Railways this week reported that its SGR cargo business jumped by 24% in the first nine months of the year compared to the same time last year, generating $89 million in revenue.

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