Kenya Ports Authority defends SGR’s economic impact

President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened the 472 km Standard Gauge Railway between Mombasa and Nairobi photo:courtesy

The true economic impact of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will only be felt after including the gains from cargo trains, Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi has said.

Recent debates around the economic viability of SGR, she said, had mainly considered the gains from the passenger train without factoring in the economic impact of the cargo train.

Ms Mturi-Wairi said in a statement combination of an expanded Inland Container Depot (ICD) was bound to result in significant economic returns. 

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