The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is in the process of acquiring a new management to run the railway project into a profitable range.
The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), the contractor and consultant of Tanzania Zambia Railway, is to select one out of three models presented by Tanzania on the best way of turning around the 1,860-kilometre rail-line. The CRCC Executive Director, Vice-President, Mr Zhenyi Hu, said that they will ensure that they speed up the selection so that TAZARA can be born again with the new administration. The exact time as to when the project will be complete is not yet known.
Recently, Tanzania Ambassador to China, Lt General Abdulrahaman Shimbo said the talks were at advanced stage that would see current TAZARA management overhauled to make it operate smoothly.
TAZARA links the Southern African regional transport network to East Africa and the rest of the world through the East African seaport of Dar es Salaam. It runs from the port of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania to the Town of Kapiri Mposhi in Central Zambia where it links with the existing Zambia Railway system.
Despite running at quarter of its capacity today, during its four-decade existence TAZARA transported over 50 million passengers and more than 30 million tonnes of freight.
TAZARA was the first international construction project to be carried by a Chinese company and was financed by China at the tune of US$ 500m in the 1970s.