NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
on Saturday launched the upgraded Inland Container Depot (ICD)
on the outskirts of Kenyan capital Nairobi to promote efficient
transportation of bulk cargo from the port of Mombasa to the
The state-of-the-art inland cargo handling
facility that was upgraded by the China Roads and Bridge
Corporation (CRBC) is expected to decongest the port of Mombasa
while lowering the cost of transporting goods.
Kenyatta said the launch of the ICD was in line with his
government’s quest to modernize transport infrastructure in
order to stimulate economic growth.
"Over the last four years, the government has invested in the
expansion of the country’s transport and infrastructure network
with a view of reducing the cost of doing business," Kenyatta
"Today’s commissioning of the new Nairobi Inland Container
Depot is expected to pass on the benefit to both importers and
exporters of cargo," he added.
Cabinet members, officials from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya
and senior executives from the CRBC attended the launching
The ICD is located at Syokimau, 3.5 km from the Standard
Gauge Railway (SGR) Nairobi Terminus station. Kenya launched the
expansion and modernization of the ICD in order to reduce
congestion at the port of Mombasa and bring freight services
closer to clients.
The project is expected to boost Kenya’s stature as a
regional transport and logistics hub.
Kenyatta said the ICD is part of mega infrastructure projects
the government has been implementing to hasten the attainment of
vision 2030 goals on socio-economic transformation.
Zhao Yang, spokesperson from the SGR Head Office of the CRBC,
said the upgraded ICD will greatly increase the throughput
capacity on completion and commencement of operation.
"The ICD has been upgraded and equipped with new railway
arriving and departing facilities, container loading and
unloading equipment that significantly improve the container
handling capacity and logistics efficiency," Zhao said.
Li Xuhang, Charge d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya,
said the facility will strengthen bonds of friendship between
Kenya and China.
"The launch of Inland container depot is also the new
progress made in the fruitful cooperation between China and
Kenya in the year 2017," Li said.