Multinational - Tanzania / Burundi / DR Congo joint standard gauge railway project phase I (AFDB-P-Z1-DC0-041)

  • Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Burundi
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Tanzania
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Tabora – Kigoma (Tanzania), Uvinza – Malagarasi (Tanzania), Malagarasi – Musongati (Burundi)
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Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 8, 2023
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Government of Tanzania, Government of Burundi
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Industry and Trade
  • Infrastructure
  • Mining
  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 183.92 million
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 183.92 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 3,929.46 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Apr 1, 2024

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Project Description
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As stated by the AfDB, this intervention concerns the Tanzania-Burundi Standard Gauge Ralways SGR Phase II. It is designed to enhance regional integration and reap the benefits of integrated markets and economies of scale resulting from joint development and operations, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are developing a phased Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) programme centred around the Port of Dares-Salaam and the Central Transport Corridor.
The project comprizes six (06) main components : (i) Design and Build of Lot 6: Tabora – Kigoma SGR (Tanzania); (ii) Design and Build of Lot 7: Uvinza – Malagarasi SGR section (Tanzania); (iii) Design and Build of the Malagarasi – Musongati SGR (Burundi); (iv) Capacity Building and Technical Assistance; (v) Support for the joint Project Coordination Team (PCT); (vi) Consultancies for strategic studies and sensitization; and (vii) Rap Implementation.
The project cost is estimated at USD 3,929.46 million, including 12.5% financial and 12.5% physical contingencies. Tanzania sections will cost USD 3,209.27 million, while the Burundi section will cost USD 720.19 million.

The development objective of the project is to improve transport connectivity along Central Corridor to enhance regional integration and trade and incentivize large-scale mining and farming and through access to high-capacity railway transport service.
The railway is built to carry mining, agricultural and general cargo passengers. Then, the project immediate beneficiaries will be the mine operators, farmers, and the general population, who will benefit from access to efficient transport services, and the governments of Burundi and Tanzania, who will benefit from the commercial exploitation of mineral wealth.

Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
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China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), formerly the Foreign Aid Bureau of the Ministry of Railways, was established in 1979 under the approval of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and was incorporated into China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) in 2003 for strategic regrouping under the approval of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

Formerly the Railway Engineering Corps, China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) was solely established by China Railway Construction Corporation on November 5, 2007 in Beijing. Now we are a mega size construction enterprise under the administration of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council. We were listed in Shanghai (601186.SH) and Hong Kong (1186.HK) on March 10 and 13, 2008 respectively, with a registered capital of 13.58 billion yuan.

As one of the most powerful and largest general construction groups in the world, we were ranked 42nd among Fortune Global 500, 3rd among ENR's Top 250 Global Contractors and 12th among "China's Top 500 Enterprises" in 2021.

Dar is one of the world’s leading consultancies, providing design, planning, engineering, sustainability consulting, digital solutions and services, and project management for buildings, cities, transportation, civil infrastructure, water and the environment.

Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) is a state corporation established under The Railway Act No. 10 of 2017 with the core mandate of providing an efficient and effective rail transport service, manage and develop rail infrastructure and ensuring rail infrastructure safety and security in Tanzania Mainland.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Dar Al-Handasah Contractor Infrastructure
- - - - Tanzania Railways Corporation Contractor Transport
China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd. Contractor Transport owns China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Contractor Infrastructure

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AfDB Team Leader:

Mumina Augustus Wa-Kyendo - Chief Transport Engineer

Implementing Agency - Tanzania Railways Corporation:

Address: P.O. Box 76959, Sokoine Drive, Dar es Salaam


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