Image by : Thomas Mukoya/ Reuters
For many Kenyans seen at this newly-constructed Nairobi terminal, it is a historic moment. The just-inaugurated Standard Gauge Railway from the port city of Mombasa to capital Nairobi is its biggest infrastructure project since Kenya’s independence. Built by China at a cost of $3.2 billion in two and half years, it was mostly funded by China’s Exim Bank. The railway is a part of a master plan by East African leaders to connect their nations by rail. The line is eventually expected to connect Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Ethiopia to Mombasa so the Indian Ocean port can act as a gateway to East Africa for trade with China and other nations.