SHOULD THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT INVEST IN RAILWAYS?
Zambia is a landlocked country
bordering with Angola, Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania,
Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe,
Botswana and Namibia.
 Most of these countries trade with
the eastern and western world
through transiting much of their
cargo through Zambia as a transit
nation.
SHOULD THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT INVEST IN RAILWAYS?
 Well noted that there has been very little discussion on
the Railway Sector and how to expand or improve on
the existing infrastructure and services.
 Road construction is on-going and road is the most
commonly used mode of transport but is ultimately
more costly than Rail, particularly for transportation of
bulky materials.
 Zambia needs to shift its cargo load from Roads to Rail
if it is to deal with excessive Road Cargo movements
arising out of the expansion of the Mining and
Agriculture Sectors.
SHOULD THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT INVEST IN RAILWAYS?
 With copper production set to reach the 1 million
tonne mark by 2013, this translate to between 3-5
million tones of concentrate moving between the
Copperbelt mining and metallurgical processing plants
located in Luanshya, Chambishi, Konkola, Chingola,
Kitwe and Mufulira.
 Currently, RSZ and TAZARA are the two main railway
systems Zambia has. A proportion of cargo along
North-South Corridor is transported along the RSZ line,
while Tazara transports a portion of cargo distined for
the port of Dar-es-alaam in Tanzania.
SHOULD THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT INVEST IN RAILWAYS?
SHOULD THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT INVEST IN RAILWAYS?
Chingola-Sol-Jimbe
Nseluka-Mpulungu sprail
Chipata-TZR Mpika
Kafue-Lions Den
Livingstone-Katima M
Solwezi- Katima Mulilo
RSZ
TAZARA
TAZARA
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PROPOSED RAILWAY LINE PROJECTS
TAZARA- Petauke- Chipata (-Malawi-Nacala)
Would connect to the deepest port of Africa, port of Nacala in Mozambique
and be part of the Nacala Railway corridor. Relatively short construction
with potential to link Zambia/ Angola / DRC to Nacala port( or possibly
Beira)
Nseluka- Mpulungu railway line
• The railway line will be part of the north-south and Nacala railway
development corridor. Will provide access for bulky cargo exports from
southern Africa to the preferential trade area of the great lakes region.
Kafue to lion’s den in Zimbabwe
• Would put Beira as the closest port by rail from the Copperbelt by more
than 400km. the rail link will reduce import and export costs for the DRC
and Zambia by 20%.
Likasi(DRC) – SOLWEZI- Kasama- Kaoma- Katima Mulilo
• The project is a Greenfield, being undertaken by EPINSAN of South Africa.
The project will have advantage of bulky Agriculture and Mineral exports
and imports through the port of Welvis- Bay.
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• Conclusion
There is a big need for GRZ and all partners in
the transport sector to commit resources to
reviving the existing railway networks and
embark on development of green field lines.
 comprehensive and holistic approach to
development of Transport Infrastructure in
Zambia. To achieve these the government has
embarked on the following:
o
Revise the 2002 National Transport Policy
SHOULD THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT INVEST IN RAILWAYS?
o Develop the National Transport Infrastructure
Master Plan
o Major Policy shift to re-align our focus in the
transport sector
o Need to toll roads so as to mobilise more roads for
rehabilitation and maintainer of roads
o Need to establish a Railway Fund
o Need to reform the current institutional frame
work so as to be in line with the holistic approach
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