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Rail Logistics Support Programme

Implementor

Kenya Railways, Uganda Railways, Private Sector Manufacturers, Transport sector organisations in Kenya and Uganda

Target Group

Private sector, wider East African citizens

Project Value

$6.1 million to the Kenya Programme$0.5 million to the Uganda Programme (DFID-UG) Catalyse$30 million private investors

Implementation Period

2018-2023

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Why this project?

For the viability of the SGR and the overall health of the Northern Corridor transport system, it is critical that SGR captures a major share of bulk cargo carriage. The advantages of rail are even more pronounced for dry bulk, which tends to be heavier and lower value per unit of volume. Moreover, dry bulk represents a major part of total throughput at Mombasa Port (more than a quarter of all imports by volume) with the two main commodities being clinker and cereals.

What:

This project focuses on some of the most immediate priorities for the SGR, particularly relating to dry bulk transport and logistics. These priorities were set after the study was validated by all key stakeholders. In parallel, Kenya Railways is implementing and/or coordinating other urgent recommendations related to the commercial and pricing; legal and regulatory; and operations aspects. Enhancing the use of rail in the freight transport mix is a long-term endeavour which will have to be rolled out as the different phases of the SGR rail infrastructure get delivered in East Africa. This project also includes important components to improve rail planning in Western Kenya and Uganda.

How:

It is necessary to fast-track preparation and development of bulk handling terminals for the SGR. Given the nature of the two main commodities (food products vs. dirty bulk such as clinker) it is ideal that exclusive terminals are developed so that there is no mixing of the commodities and hygiene standards are maintained for food grains. MRIP was developing a strategy to facilitate green logistics and to catalyse the modal shift from road to rail freight.

Contact:

Abhishek Sharma, Email: abhishek.sharma@trademarkea.com

Desired Results

1.Reduced cost of dry bulk freight transport in Kenya (particularly dry bulk)
2.Greener freight transport in Kenya (particularly dry bulk)
3.Better directed investment for SGR in Western Kenya
4.Better directed investment for SGR in Uganda

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Key outputs include;

Burundi NMC National Coordinator is recruited

Burundi NMC National Strategy is developed and validated

Burundi National Monitoring Committee (NMC) for Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) Action Plan developed and implemented

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