SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania will send a team of 167 railway professionals
to five countries, including China and South Korea, to
undergo training in the operation of the much awaited
train to run on the standard gauge railway (SGR), an
official said on Saturday.
Corporation (TRC) Executive Director Masanja Kadogosa
said the local staff, whose fields range from
engineering to operators, were expected to be trained in
China, South Korea, Ethiopia, Turkey and India.
Tanzania has chosen the five countries to train local
experts due to their experience in running trains, he
"Through this collaboration in technology, local
experts will be able to cope with the technology to run
the SGR system effectively," said Kadogosa.
The first phase of construction of the in the east
African country was expected to be completed in November
Launched by President John Magufuli this year, the
standard gauge railway, whose construction was being
undertaken by a Turkish firm, Yapi Merkezi, and a
Portuguese company, Mota-Engil, was expected to link the
port of Dar es salaam with Mwanza and other countries
including neighboring Rwanda and Burundi.
"Tanzania has already signed agreements with the five
countries to train the railway experts," Kadogosa told a
news conference at the ongoing 42nd Dar es Salaam
International Trade Fair (DIFT).
He said the move was aimed at ensuring that local
experts were fully equipped and trained to operate the
much awaited modern form of railway transport in the
Kadogosa said only qualified operators had been
selected for the training.
"We have selected a team of experts in communication,
logistics, technicians, civil, and electrical
engineering including locomotive operators," he said.
According to him, the course duration will be from
six months to two years, depending on the type of