Magufuli, Kagame enter modern railway project

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Magufuli and Kagame in talks

Rwanda President Paul Kagame over the weekend visited his Tanzania counterpart John Pombe Magufuli in a one-day state visit.

According to the Chief Spokesperson of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Hassan Abbasi, Kagame was in the country for a day-long tourism tour aimed at strengthening cooperation between Tanzania and Rwanda.

He said President Kagame was welcomed by President Magufuli on arrival at the airport.

“We have agreed with President Kagame to build railway from Isaka, Tanzania to Kigali, Rwanda,” Magufuli announced after the meeting.

Magufuli and Kagame told the Ministers of the two countries to meet early in order to discuss the facilitation of the project, a feasibility test.

“We want this year to set a foundation stone on the construction of the expected railroad,” the Tanzanian leader said.

Kagame, on his part, thanked Magufuli for promising to give him more cooperation in their work.

“Rwandan citizens want to trade with Tanzanians, this will lead to the promotion of our country’s economy,” Kagame said.

The modern Railway Construction between Isaac, Tanzania and Kigali, Rwanda will help create jobs for citizens of these two countries as well as promoting and strengthening business and achieving the development the leaders have set.

Rwanda and Tanzania agreed to cooperate with the construction of Modern Railway from Isaka, Tanzania to Kigali, Rwanda.

Isaka is a small town and station on the narrow-gauge Mwanza railway line of Tanzania which connects to the seaport of Dar es Salaam.

It is located in Kahama Rural District of Shinyanga Region.

In the 1980s a dry port was established there to serve the landlocked countries of Burundi and Rwanda.