Mombasa’s economy will shrink by 16.1 per cent with 8,111 jobs lost if all cargo is evacuated by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from the port.
This is according to a study done by the School of Business and published on 13 September, 2019. Following a year of investigations, the county has already lost Sh17.4 billion and 2,987 jobs equivalent to 8.4 per cent of its annual earnings since the implementation of government policies requiring mandatory transfer of most import cargo through the Madaraka SGR freight service to Nairobi in 2017.
“…in the event the proposal to convey all upcountry cargo through SGR then the implications to the Port City of Mombasa’s GDP and employment sustainability will be serious,” it says adding that the implementation of the SGR freight service so far did not consider all the appropriate socioeconomic, cultural and political context.
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