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Zambia Railways Limited Explores Smart Partnerships for Rail Infrastructure Revitalization

In the latest development, Zambia Railways Limited is actively seeking strategic partnerships to secure funding for the much-needed revitalization of its railway infrastructure and rolling stock. 

This announcement came from the Acting Managing Director, Engineer Fred Mwila, during his participation in the Southern African Railways Association (SARA) Conference in South Africa.

Engineer Mwila emphasized that Zambia’s rail sector currently holds less than 10% of the market share, primarily due to a lack of investment in critical infrastructure and rolling stock. To address this challenge, Zambia Railways Limited is proactively looking to form innovative partnerships, particularly with the private sector. 

The focus of these partnerships will encompass cutting-edge technologies such as signaling and telecommunications, traffic monitoring, and surveillance.

The SARA Conference provided an excellent platform for key decision-makers in the rail industry to engage with potential sponsors, exhibitors, and delegates.

Engineer Mwila highlighted the importance of forging these partnerships to enhance the railway’s capacity and quality of service, which would ultimately contribute to economic growth.

In her remarks, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Ms. Mazuba Monze, expressed her satisfaction with Zambia’s active participation in this high-level conference.

She hopes that the knowledge and experiences shared at the event will help make Zambia Railways Limited a more viable and efficient entity.

The SARA Conference is a significant event in the African railway industry, as it is hosted by railway operators and transport ministers from the region. 

The conference’s theme revolves around enhancing railway capacity and service quality through innovative operating models and strategic partnerships, all with the goal of promoting seamless regional integration and trade.

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