KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
A team of 10 Ugandan engineers have finished a
three-month training in China as part of the drive to
enhance landlocked Uganda’s connectivity by building a
modern rail line, a Ugandan military spokesperson said
Richard Karemire told Xinhua the training in standard
gauge railway (SGR) construction, sponsored by China
Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and held in north
China’s Hebei Province, has given the engineers from the
Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) the necessary
skills to build an SGR line that will connect Uganda to
the seaport of Mombasa in neighboring Kenya.
The CHEC and
the Ugandan military signed a memorandum of
understanding in August. The Chinese company, contracted
to construct Uganda’s SGR, will also train Ugandan
personnel for the project.
will also work with the UPDF to build a polytechnic
institute in the eastern border district of Tororo.
Once the SGR
is completed, it will take only two days to transport
goods from Mombasa to Ugandan capital Kampala.
Currently, it takes 14 days. It will slash
transportation costs and boost the economy.
already begun operating an SGR linking its capital
Nairobi to Mombasa. The Mombasa-Nairobi SGR was built
with Chinese expertise and funding.