Kenya’s $3.5bn railway project could spark employment boom




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Kenya’s $3.5bn railway project could spark employment boomSince the signing the Sh314.2 billion ($3.5 billion) with China for the the Mombasa‐Nairobi railway in May, up 2,400 Kenyans have already been hired for the the Standard Gauge Railway – the first phase of the railway . Up 30,000 workers are expected be employed eventually.
Wen Gang, Assistant China Communications & Construction Company, disclosed this Uhuru Kenyatta earlier this week. He also revealed some 87 construction teams from China are on ground in Kenya with over 2,000 pieces equipment all in a bid to ensure the construction is fully initialized by September.
The construction company, according to Gang, will impart skills and transfer to the locals so as to help the country in the manufacture of components for the project locally.[eap_ad_2]
Speaking in the State House in Nairobi, Mr Gang said; “We will continue recruiting local to impart skills and also ensure transfer of , we will also continue engaging local suppliers especially from county governments to maximize on the .”
Kenyatta expressed satisfaction over the company’s close collaboration with the county governments in the implementation of the project. While reiterating the commitment of the government to completing the project on time, he also indicated the project will secure the establishment of the Kenyan steel industry. “We will always welcome projects accelerate economic growth to create jobs for young Kenyans,” the said.
The SGR is to cover a 609.3km distance from the port of Mombasa to Nairobi. At an earlier televised interview, President Kenyatta had revealed the first phase of the project will promote regional integration by linking Kenya and other Eastern African counterparts, and be concluded in 2018. The railway will provide cost effective transportation for freight and passengers, thereby reducing the cost of doing business in Kenya.  (VENTURES AFRICA)[eap_ad_3]