Kenyans to run standard gauge railway once complete

The standard gauge railway in Kenya will be fully run by Kenyans after its construction is completed the country’s transport ministry has said. The government of Kenya sees skills transfer as a major issue in order to ensure seamless operation and management of the railway line upon its official launch.

Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Transport Irungu Nyakera says that the current jobs that are being done by the Chinese will be left to Kenyans who are currently training on Railway technology.

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Simba Corporation in Sh161m vehicles supply deal

Simba Corporation, owners of auto dealer Simba Colt Motors, Thursday got a boost from a Sh161 million order for 46 Mitsubishi staff vehicles by Vivo Energy — which trades in Kenya as Shell.

The acquisition of the SUVs (worth Sh3.5 million per unit) is on an operating lease arrangement. The deal, signed Thursday in Nairobi, will see Shell access a four-year tailor-made vehicle leasing deal and an eight-year lubricants supply contract.

“Faced by a desire to minimise transport costs, leading local companies and public sector institutions are fast turning to leasing solutions that are proving to be cost effective,” said Polycarp Igathe, the Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director, during announcement of the deal.

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Kenya’s Automobile Industry Booming, Despite Challenges

With the recent introduction of one of the luxury car dealer Porsche on its market, the automobile industry in Kenya has been immediately ranked as one of the most dynamic sectors of the East African economy competing on pricing and brand reputation, despite the challenge related to the availability of spare parts.

Among the key auto industry looking to launch their assembly factory in Kenya in a move to avoid 25 percent currently being applied on imported vehicles, it includes India's Tata Motors which is looking to make strategic investments in East Africa through f ighting for dominance in jeeps and pickup truck market by 2017.

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Kenya Sets Pace As East Africa Vehicle Market Grows

NAIROBI – Rising demand for commercial vehicles and luxury cars pushed new and used motor-vehicle registrations in Kenya to nearly 100,000 units last year, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

Reporting in the agency’s 2015 economic survey, director general Zachary Mwangi notes the 102,606 newly registered motor vehicles in the country in 2014 was up about 9.0% from 94,017 units in 2013. Both totals include trailers.

“Specifically, the number of commercial panel vans and pickups increased by 28%, from 9,819 units in 2013 to 12,568 units in 2014,” Mwangi says.

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