Multinational Tanzania/ Rwanda - Feasibility Study of the Isaka-Kigali Railway Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 20 Oct 2004
Signature Date 18 May 2005
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2011
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Apr 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 1,626,784.84
Status Completion

Project General Description

The feasibility study of Isaka-Kigali railway project is within the framework of the policy implemented by Tanzania and Rwanda to develop internal and external communications with a view to contributing to poverty reduction. The study shall enable the Tanzanian and Rwandan Governments to have data and decision-making instruments enabling them to determine the feasibility of the proposed railway project. This concerns a line of 450 km in length of which 275 km are in Tanzanian territory and 175 km in Rwandan territory. The study shall be conducted in a single phase and shall comprise; a review of the existing rail infrastructure of the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) and in particular the Dar Es Salaam-Isaka link; the engineering design of the different alignment options for the rail link between Isaka and Kigali and their cost estimates; the preliminary study on the environmental and social impact (EIESP) of the project; the study on the economic and financial feasibility of the project; analysis of the institutional and operational framework of the present railway line; analysis of the involvement of the private sector in financing works and the management of railway infrastructures (in concessionary form, “BOOT”, management contracts etc.). The estimated cost, excluding taxes, levies and customs duty, is USD 2.60 million, or UA 1.75 million. The duration of all the activities relating to the study is 25 months, including 13 months for the conduct of the study including approval time for the reports.

Project Objectives

The study sector goal is to contribute to the creation of a transport community program which is efficient and economical and which brings about regional economic integration and the development of areas with high mining and industrial potential as well as agricultural production zones in Rwanda, the Kagera and Shinyenga regions in Tanzania, in Burundi and in the Eastern Region of the DRC. At the specific level the study aims at determining the optimum solution for the operation of a railway line between Isaka in Tanzania and Kigali in Rwanda on the “Central Transport Corridor” with a view to opening up Rwanda.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DB0-020
Last Update 30 Nov 2022


Contact Details

Name NIMPA Gérard

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-3.5 30 Burundi
-3.9 32.9333 Isaka
-5.38333 27 Kongolo
-1.94995 30.0589 Kigali