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Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 11:57 AM
Chinese-operated trains coming soon? Photo from CharlesFred
In 1976, Chinese construction crews completed the 1,860-kilometer-long Tanzania-Zambia Railway (Tazara) which runs from Kapiri Mposhi just north of the Zambian capital Lusaka to the Tanzanian capital and major east African port of Dar es Salaam. The railway allowed Zambia to avoid dependence on transport routes through apartheid South Africa, and connected the vast interior of Tanzania with its coast.
Now it appears that the Chinese may get involved in Tazara again. This is from The East African newspaper:
Tanzania, Zambia and China are working on price assessment for possible concessioning of the Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (Tazara) to a Chinese private firm early next year.
In other China- Africa related transport news, Zimbabwe's Financial Gazette reports:
Air Zimbabwe is to introduce an additional flight into China, the world's fastest growing economy, in response to what officials at the national airline say are increased traffic volumes to the Asian economic giant.
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