China has provided about US$4.7 billion to build the first two phases of the Standard Gauge Railway. Photo: Reuters

US$1.5 billion China-funded rail line opens in Kenya amid criticism over its economic feasibility

  • Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta takes maiden ride on latest section of Standard Gauge Railway though it will not open to freight traffic until the end of the year
  • Analysts say line must be extended to Ugandan border to make commercial sense, but Beijing has yet to confirm funding for final phase
Topic |   China-Africa relations

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China has provided about US$4.7 billion to build the first two phases of the Standard Gauge Railway. Photo: Reuters
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Jevans Nyabiage

Jevans Nyabiage

Kenyan journalist Jevans Nyabiage is South China Morning Post's first Africa correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Jevans keeps an eye on China-Africa relations and also Chinese investments, ranging from infrastructure to energy and metal, on the continent.