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East African criminals using Tanzanian ports to smuggle wildlife

8th November 2019 Criminals involved in the illegal trafficking of wildlife products in East Africa are using the ports of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, in Tanzania, as export and transit hubs, a new report shows. The report, compiled by nongovernmental organisation TRAFFIC, shows that criminals based in Tanzania... 

Uganda says it will stand firm in standoff with oil majors

8th November 2019 Uganda has vowed to stand firm concerning a standoff with foreign oil majors that have stalled the construction of the Uganda–Tanzania crude oil pipeline. President Yoweri Museveni has said that, although plans are under way for negotiations that will unlock the impasse, the East African nation... 

Kenya officially joins club of oil exporting countries

6th September 2019 Kenya has officially joined the league of oil exporting countries after President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first ship laden with 200 000 bbl of crude, worth about $12-million. The ship was bound for China, where the buyer was State-owned company ChemChina. 

Kenya outlines plan to revive century-old railway network

24th May 2019 Kenya intends to revive its century-old metre-gauge railway (MGR) line after failing to secure funding to extend the standard-gauge railway (SGR) network to the border town of Malaba. The East African nation has announced plans to undertake a $210-million project to rehabilitate and upgrade the... 

Kenya fails to secure funding for extension of flagship rail project

10th May 2019 Kenya’s flagship infrastructure project, the standard-gauge railway (SGR) project, will terminate about 120 km from the capital, Nairobi, after government failed to secure funding for an extension to Kisumu. Hopes by Kenya to extend the project to the lakeside city of Kisumu from Naivasha were... 

Ethiopia appoints consortium to drill steam wells for geothermal power station

8th March 2019 Ethiopia has contracted a consortium of Chinese and Kenyan companies to drill steam wells as the country accelerates plans to exploit its vast geothermal resources. The $76.8-million contract has been awrded to China's Shandong Kerui Group and Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and... 

Ethiopia and Eritrea announce plans for new rail link

8th February 2019 Ethiopia and Eritrea have announced plans to building a railway line connecting the Ethiopian capital city of Addiss Ababa and the port of Massawa, in Eritrea. According to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Italy has pledged to finance a feasibility study for the planned 736 km railway line... 

Ethiopia moving to scale up investments in solar

8th February 2019 Ethiopia is scaling up investments in solar energy after unveiling six projects that will have a capacity to generate 750 MW.   As part of its ambitions to become a net exporter of electricity, the Horn of Africa nation said the six projects estimated to cost $800-million will be implemented... 

Kenya aims to begin exporting oil within months

1st February 2019 Kenya is aiming to export its first consignment of crude oil in a few months, after amassing 60 000 bbl in storage tanks in the coastal city of Mombasa. British firm Tullow Oil has revealed that trucking of crude from oilfields in Lokichar, in north-western Kenya, for storage at the refinery in... 

Rwanda receives $265m from AfDB for power distribution infrastructure

2nd November 2018 Rwanda’s efforts to increase electricity access received a major boost recently when the country secured $265-million to finance the construction of distribution facilities. The funds, secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB), will support the construction of 795 km of medium-voltage and... 

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