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Are Chinese Investors in Standard Gauge Railway Project Neo-Colonial Predators?

Are Chinese Investors in Standard Gauge Railway Project Neo-Colonial Predators?

Chinese investors in Kenya’s standard gauge railway (SGR) project generally responded fairly to challenges, and should not be regarded as “neo-colonial predators,” a study by US-based researchers has found. The Kenyan government and the country’s political culture are seen, in contrast, as the source of many of the problems and conflicts that arose during construction […]

President John Magufuli Meets Energy Experts From Ethiopia

President John Magufuli Meets Energy Experts From Ethiopia

President John Magufuli Wednesday met a delegation of electricity and dam construction experts from Ethiopia. The delegatation was sent by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on request from Tanzania, according to a statement from the State House released today. The team was led by Ethiopia’s water, irrigation and electricity minister, Dr Seleshi Bekele. According to […]

Chinese Constructed Sigiri Bridge Collapses Days After President’s Inspection

Chinese Constructed Sigiri Bridge Collapses Days After President’s Inspection

The Chinese firm constructing a Sh1.2 billion bridge that mysteriously collapsed on Monday in Budalang’i has accepted responsibility for the mishap. Chinese Overseas Construction and Engineering Company Project Manager Jerome Xzue Hua told the Nation thecompany’s engineersthey are baffled by the incident. STANDARDS However, Mr Hua defended the company against claims that it did not […]

Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania Link Project On Track

Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania Link Project On Track

Three East African Community (EAC) member countries – Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania – have unanimously agreed to hasten inter-connectivity of National Fiber Networks and Infrastructure for the benefit of the citizens in respective countries. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT in Uganda, Mr Vincent Baggire, told the ‘Daily News’ in an interview in […]

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – a Reward to Downstream Countries

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – a Reward to Downstream Countries

It might be unfair for a country endowed with copious water resources suffering of thirst and hunger for years but that was a reality. Sadly, although Ethiopia is endowed with abundant water resources, it has only utilized an insignificant amount, nearly 3 per cent. However, there is government and public mobilization to build mega dams […]

How to Create Jobs in the Age of Robots and Low Growth

How to Create Jobs in the Age of Robots and Low Growth

The growth economy suffers from a productivity paradox. Corporations compete to reduce the time and effort that goes into production processes, which is generally seen as a sign of efficiency, but in reality has a troubling outcome. Unless more stuff is produced and consumed, people lose their jobs as the same output can be achieved […]

Will Kenya get value for money from its new Standard Gauge Railway?

Will Kenya get value for money from its new Standard Gauge Railway?

The first major new railway line in Kenya for more than a century, running between the capital Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombasa, faces an immediate challenge of justifying its relatively high cost. At $5.6m per kilometre for the track alone, Kenya’s line cost close to three times the international standard and four times […]

Eritrean Investors to Build Luxury Hotel in Nairobi Suburb

Eritrean Investors to Build Luxury Hotel in Nairobi Suburb

Eritrean investors are injecting Sh450 million into the construction of a 15-floor four-star hotel in Kilimani, Nairobi. Hearan Enterprises, which is represented by directors Isaya Desale Berhe and Winta Mengisteab, said it plans to develop the high-end facility on a 2.2-acre parcel of land bought two years ago at Sh390 million. The planned luxury hotel […]

‘Infrastructural Transformation Is a Catalyst for Growth and Development’ – President Koroma

‘Infrastructural Transformation Is a Catalyst for Growth and Development’ – President Koroma

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma today, Monday 29th May 2017, officially opened the Sierra Leone Development Finance Forum jointly organised by the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development held at the Bintumani International Conference Centre in Aberdeen, Freetown. The theme of the event; “Unlocking Private Investment in Sierra Leone” speaks to […]

How Uganda Oil Firms Plan to Raise Shs12 Trillion for Pipeline

How Uganda Oil Firms Plan to Raise Shs12 Trillion for Pipeline

Just days after signing with the Tanzanian government a landmark agreement for construction of the Hoima-to-Tanga oil pipeline, Ugandan officials are scratching their heads on how to raise the country’s chunk to the $3.5b (approx.Shs12trillion) kitty required for the capital development. Industry sources say that with no special allocation in the 2017/18 budget, Kampala has […]

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