Morocco gets Africa’s first truly high-speed train (Sorry Gautrain, you’re slow)

Africa’s fastest train has started operating in Morocco, halving the time it takes to travel between Casablanca and Tangier.

It took seven years and $2.4 billion – funded by the governments of Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE - to build the high-speed railway line.

The train has been tested at 357 kilometres per hour, making it the Continent’s only truly high-speed train.

It is twice as fast as Gautrain.

The high-speed rail has drawn a lot of criticism.

Morocco is not a rich country; vast regions and some cities are without even a basic train service.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba.

Listen to the interview in the audio below.

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