President Michael Sata says his government, through the Zambia Railway Limited (ZRL), has revitalized the Mulobezi and Nacala Corridors to provide reliable and cost effective bulk transportation for the agricultural, mining and energy sectors as well as passengers.
Mr Sata said the development of the railway transport sector will ensure that the country becomes the hub for regional business transactions and thereby accelerate economic development in line with the PF manifesto.
The Head of State said this in the latest posting on his facebook page and monitored by ZANIS in Lusaka today.
He said his government has also proposed to develop five main Greenfield railway spurs in order to connect the country to all regional trade corridors.
He said these include the Chingola to Jimbe Line in the northwest which will connect the country to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, saying the trade potential from these two countries is immense.
President Sata added that others include the Nseluka to Mpulungu line in the north which is intended to open up markets in the great lakes region and the Chipata to Mpika line located in the central eastern part of the country which will also become an opportune route for business through the Mchinji line on the Nacala corridor.
He said the rest are the Kafue Lion Den line which will link the country to the Beira Development Corridor and the Livingstone to Katimamulilo rail line which will link the country to Walvis Bay port in Namibia.
The President said the Kafue Lion Den route will provide significant transport savings for bulk export business while the Livingstone to Katimamulilo line will reduce the cost of doing business especially on the western and southern part of the country.