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  • ZAMBIA and Tanzania last week agreed to revamp and recapitalize the TAZARA railway and expand the TAZAMA pipeline following a change in objectives from the transportation of crude oil to finished products
  • The partner governments also plan to implement a turn-around strategy that would optimize the potential of the track
  • Small settlements and towns along the line, for instance, Mlimba, Makambako, and Ifakara are some of the small towns that have developed tremendously and to some extent still depend on the railway line for transportation

Zambia and Tanzania have agreed to revamp and recapitalize the TAZARA railway and expand the TAZAMA pipeline following a change in objectives from the transportation of crude oil to finished products.

The two countries are neighbours only separated by a colonial boundary. The two nations enjoy cordial relations with shared experiences in various human undertakings.

In the past, the warm bilateral cooperation between the two …

  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, the share of the global population without access to electricity rose to 77 per cent from 74 per cent before the pandemic
  • Kenya and Tanzania are investing heavily in modern railway infrastructure by implementing Standard Gauge Railway projects
  • Investment in infrastructure accounts for over half of the recent improvement in economic growth in Africa and has the potential to achieve even more

Infrastructure in Africa is key to the continent's development and the resultant economic growth. Strategic infrastructure could transform economies and productivity by enabling high outputs from manufacturing to services.  

Sustainable development is an ideal agenda for Africa, and achieving human development, poverty reduction, and attaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by developing robust infrastructures is inevitable.  

The African Development Bank (AfDB) pointed out that investment in infrastructure accounts for over half of the recent improvement in economic growth in Africa and has the potential to achieve

Zambia – Tanzania relations

It’s no secret that Zambia’s economic situation has gone from bad to worse over the years. In mid-2018 the country’s debt reached 9.4 billion USD and has become worse as we stand in 2020, in just a period of 2 years (Ofstad & Tjønneland, 2019).

In May 2020, the Tanzania-Zambia borders were closed due to the pandemic, however, the reopening of trade between the two countries seems to be normalized as nations are now gung-ho in pushing cross border trade.

Zambia’s Economic Snapshot

 


source: tradingeconomics.com

The graph above shows Zambia’s development from the year 1990 to the year 2019. The country’s economy improved from the year 2011 to the year 2018, as one can see the national GDP output increasing as a result of its healthy inflation rate. In 2019 the country’s economy took a dive and started to falter given that it’s inflation rate …

While its Standard Gauge Railway project is commencing at the speed of light to give Tanzania its first electric powered train, the country is also making efforts to revive its once closed internal railway line for locomotives.

Last year, Tanzanians joy rode the reopened passenger and cargo train from the commercial port city of Dar es Salaam to Moshi, home of Africa’s highest mountain, the Kilimanjaro.

New locomotives were bought and engines imported, the train quickly became a national hit and immediately eased the pressure that was on road transport. Government officials led the excited public in trying out the train that has first, second and third class levels offering all te amenities that a traveler would need.

The revival of freight operations on the 438 km rail stretch was marked by a ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa at the destination of the train in Moshi.…