Standard Gauge Railway means big business to local construction firms

The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line between Mombasa and Nairobi under construction. A new World Bank report predicts Kenya's economy will be the best performing in sub-Saharan Africa in the next 15 years growing at a steady 6.2 per cent. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • The SGR line which will run from Mombasa to Nairobi featured a contractual clause that mandated the use of local sourced materials and labour.
  • Mr Yan says that as a standard procedure, Kenyan suppliers and manufacturers who wish to sell their materials to the SGR project have to be ready for stringent quality tests before the same can be approved.

A year since work started on the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line between Mombasa and Nairobi, the project has evolved into a virtual and pervasive support system, providing livelihoods and incomes to several Kenyan families and entire communities.


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