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The Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) has announced the shortlist for the DIKKM Railway PPP project in Africa. The request for expression of interest (RFEOI) was launched in July 2015 by the Governments of the Republic of Burundi, Republic of Rwanda, and United Republic of Tanzania.
A total of 12 teams have been shortlisted to develop the 1,661 km railway PPP project. The shortlisted companies are the following:
The new railway will link Dar es Salaam with Isaka and Kigali with a link to Burundi that will run from Keza to Musongati via Gitega. The preferred bidder will be responsible to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) the railway under a PPP arrangement as follows:
The new railway line aims to reduce transport costs in, and improve the competitiveness of the three partner states; contribute to reduction of poverty, offer easy and affordable access to the Dar es Salaam Port, accelerate the economic development and exploitation of un-tapped natural resources and provide a sustainable competitive advantage for the movement of goods in the region.
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