Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Transport: Tanzania-Zambia railroad

Zambia and Tanzania have resolved to support the restructuring and rehabilitation of the Tanzania- Zambia Railroad (TAZARA) "taking into account the historical and strategic importance to the two neighbouring states." Leaders of both countries thanked China for their ongoing assistance that first started in the 70s.

The TAZARA website provides the following information:-

"The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) was constructed as a turn key project between 1970 and 1975. The Project was financed through an interest free loan of RMBY 988 Million (equivalent to US Dollars 500 Million) from the Peoples Republic of China. It started commercial operations in July 1976.
TAZARA is an integral part of the southern Africa Regional Rail Transport Network. It is a rail link of approximately 1,860 km. long rising at sea level from the East African port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, to New Kapiri Mposhi at 1400m above sea level in the Central African country of Zambia. The railroad is designed with a 1067 mm gauge that permits through traffic operations with contiguous railway of Southern Africa. Equipped with adequate facilities, TAZARA has a designed capacity of 5 million tonnes of freight a year".