You will recall that in 2012, our Government took over the management of the Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) and immediately commenced the repositioning and expansion of the rail sector in order to significantly contribute to the country’s transport needs, particularly, in respect of long distance passenger and goods traffic.
In this vein, our Government has through the ZRL 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.
You may further wish to know that there are five main Greenfield railway spurs that our Government has proposed to develop in order to connect the country to all regional trade corridors as follows:
1. The Chingola to Jimbe Line in the northwest which will connect the country to Angola and the DRC. The trade potential from these two countries is immense;
2. The Nseluka to Mpulungu line in the north which is intended to open up markets in the great lakes region;
3. The Chipat 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;
4. Kafue Lion Den line will link the country to the Beira Development Corridor which route shall also provide significant transport savings for bulk export business;
5. Livingstone to Katimamulilo rail line which will link the country to Walvis Bay port in Namibia and reduce the cost of doing business especially the western and south part of the country.
The development of our 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. MCS- 15/07/14