Zambia, DRC And Zambia Team Up Over Railways

Zambia, DRC And Zambia Team Up Over Railways.

THE Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC), Tanzania and Zambia have concluded talks on harmonising railway systems among the three neighbouring countries.

Societe Nationale Des Chemins De Fer Du Congo Sarl ( SNCC), Tanzania- Zambia Railway Authority ( TAZARA) and Zambia Railways Limited ( ZRL), have jointly held consultations to harmonise their operations.

The three railway companies have also come up with strategies to raise traffic volumes transported by the railways to more acceptable levels than is the case currently.

This is according to a communique jointly signed by ZRL chief executive officer Vyonsi Manda, SNCC director general Professor Ilunga Ilunkamba and TAZARA managing director Bruno Ching’andu.

The communique released yesterday by TAZARA head of public relations Conrad Simuchile, states that the consultations where held in line with the provisions of a Tripartite Agreement signed in Lubumbashi, DRC, on March 7, 2013.

The three companies have also agreed that to remain competitive and keep the insti tutions sustainable, it is necessary that they make known challenges to the respective governments for their attention and resolution, where possible.

“ Our operations must be reviewed further to enhance, improve and make our services to the customers as attractive as possible. In order to win back the confidence of our customers, it is necessary that we consider every angle for creating efficiencies in our operations, including seeking possible ways of eliminating bottlenecks that emanate from outside the realms of the three railways,” the communique reads in part.

The three institutions also noted the need to maintain seamless operations among the three railways, facilitating movement of goods with ease across the three national boundaries, as that remains resolute and desirable considering the high demand for the kind of service from our customers.

“ Due to the inefficiencies and other challenges that had characterised the railways in the past, many customers had abandoned the railways and there is now urgent need to reassure the market that things have changed in order to win back that confidence.”