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Will China or the U.S. Build the New Mombasa-Nairobi Expressway? Confusion Swirls Amid Conflicting Headlines

The United States ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, blasted a report in the Friday edition of the Kenya Star newspaper that claimed the "U.S. government had ditched" the planned Mombasa to Nairobi expressway project and that the Kenyan government was now looking to Chinese ...

Rwanda Partners with DP World, Alibaba and Zhejiang Province to Open New $35 Million Dry Port

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Dubai Ports World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem officially inaugurated the Kigali Logistics Platform, Rwanda's largest inland cargo handling facility. The new dry port also hosts a 2,500-square meter bonded warehouse as part of the Rwanda Digital ...

China Was Never Going to Seize the Port of Mombasa if Kenya Defaulted on its SGR Debts

For many Kenyans, the Port of Mombasa is much more than just a container terminal that facilitates shipping trade with the outside world. It's a prized national asset that serves as an indispensable economic hub for all of East Africa and a facility that hundreds of thousands ...

Tanzania Tells China Merchants Holdings: “Take It or Leave It!”

Tanzanian President John Magufuli seems to be taking a page from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's playbook on how to negotiate with the Chinese. Mahathir last year, if you recall, abruptly canceled a multi-billion dollar rail and oil pipeline deal with the Chinese, calling them ...

Kenya’s Newest SGR Line is Up and Running But Bad Roads Means No One Can Actually Get to the Stations

Two days after the high-profile launch of Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway line between Nairobi and Naivasha, the trains are running largely empty as very few passengers can actually get to the stations due to the poor condition of the roads.  Nearby ...

How the U.S. Media Perceives and Communicates Chinese Railway Projects in the Belt and Road Initiative

This article was collectively written by China House Fellows Liang Bingyu 梁冰玉, Lu Xueying 鹿学颖, Ma Yingqian 马樱倩 and Wei Xiaoqing卫晓晴 "Wanna be rich? Build roads first!" There is ...

Why the Kenyan Media Portrays Negative Sentiment About the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway

This article was collectively written by China House Fellows Chen Xinyi 陈昕怡, Chi Jiaying (Lucy) 池佳颖, Wu Xunheng 吴训恒, and Xiong Keyi熊珂仪 The Mombasa-Nairobi Railway is considered as a poster project for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with both governments ...

European State Media Pose Tough Questions About Railway Financing in Kenya While Overlooking One Very Important Point

It's so interesting to see EU/US coverage of the SGR debt issue in Kenya when their state-run media channels constantly point out this new rail line is unprofitable. Sure, but consider that in 2018 Germany spent $13.3 billion to subsidize its rail operations.

Three East African Countries to Introduce New Tolls to Pay Back China for Road Building Loans

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have all announced plans to begin charging toll roads on certain expressways built with Chinese financing. The proposed fees, according to UK-based infrastructure industry publication ITS, is apparently intended to generate the necessary funds to repay Chinese lenders.

Tweet of the Day: Kenyan Truckers Claim SGR is Too Costly, But That’s Shortsighted Says Expert

Dr. Zhengli Huang is a Research Associate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. She's an expert on China's impact on African urban development and has experience in ...
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