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Old November 25th, 2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Hi guys i thought of starting this thread to cover all the railway construction news across the mother continent! Here in should be strict railway news with time frame and NOT i repeat AND NOT proposed projects without time frame and funds secured! You are most welcome...lets the game begin
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Old November 25th, 2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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China signs US$42 million Tazara rehabilitation deal


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The Chinese government has signed a US$42mn agreement with the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara), enabling Chinese companies to implement rehabilitation projects on the ailing railway

According to a statement released by Tazara, the agreement was concluded by Tazara managing director Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika and China’s chief representative for economic and commercial co-operation, Lin Zhiyong.

The deal concerns 12 separate projects, including the modernisation of 42 passenger coaches, the supply of four new mainline locomotives, two diesel shunting locomotives, 30,000 wooden sleepers, track maintenance vehicles and components. Tazara said that Chinese consultants will also provide staff training.

The work will be financed by China through a US$66.2mn loan and grant agreement signed earlier in 2012.

Mbikusita-Lewanika said funds provided to the Tanzanian and Zambian governments by China under 15 different protocols will keep the railway in operation over the next three years. Meanwhile, the two African governments will complete a much-needed programme of recapitalisation, reconstruction and restructuring, he claimed.

Tazara has received regular financial support from the Chinese government in the form of interest-free loans dubbed ‘protocols of economic and technical co-operation’.

Once completed, the projects in the 14th and 15th protocols will drastically increase capacity, doubling the number of locomotives in service by 2015.
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Canarail strengthens its position in east africa's economic development
Quebec's rail expert signs a contract worth over $4M for a project in Africa.


MONTREAL, March 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - CANARAIL is proud to announce the signing of a contract worth over $4M, funded primarily by the African Development Bank, through the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RPPA), that represents Rwanda's, Burundi's and Tanzania's transportation ministries for the implementation of the second phase of the major railway study project, the Dar Es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali / Keza-Musongati.

The project consists of the construction of a new railway line between Isaka (Tanzania), Kigali (Rwanda) and Musongati (Burundi), and includes the upgrading of existing infrastructure between Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and Isaka.

The project's primary goal is to enable an increase in freight transport, and possibly passengers, while ensuring the network's financial sustainability and promoting the development of the mining sector. This sector is growing quickly in the region, and is attracting a great deal of interest at an international level. The project will also help to reduce transportation costs for goods between Rwanda and Burundi.

"By awarding this contract to CANARAIL, the authorities of Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania are expressing their undeniable confidence in the company, strengthening our position as a partner of choice in African freight and mining rail projects. We are proud to support these countries in their economic development efforts, since the improvement of rail infrastructure has such a positive and sustainable impact on all the people involved," said CANARAIL's President, Mr. Miguel Valero

CANARAIL will supply its expertise in identifying both the most optimal design for the DSM-Isaka-Kigali / Keza-Musongati section of the project, and the best financing and structuring options for the proposed model of the project, a PPP (Public Private Partnership).

ABOUT CANARAIL

Founded in 1991, CANARAIL is a Quebec-based consulting firm that specializes in rail transport in mining, freight, and urban domains. Known for its expertise in feasibility studies, consulting, and the design and construction of major projects, the company also benefits from the synergies with its shareholder, the French group SYSTRA, one of the world's largest rail consortiums. Over the last 20 years, CANARAIL has participated in over 500 projects in Canada, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, North America, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. CANARAIL is headquartered in Montreal.

For further information:

To set up an interview, or for more information on this contract, please contact:

Colin Danby

Cohn & Wolfe | Montréal

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Old November 25th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #4
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Tanzania: State Keen to Revive Central Rail Line
12 NOVEMBER 2012

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President Jakaya Kikwete (file photo).
THE government has shown the desire to revamp the central railway line by ordering 13 new diesel powered locomotives and nearly 300 passengers and goods wagons.

The Deputy Minister for Transport, Dr Charles Tizeba, said that was made possible after the government provided funds as per the ministry's request in 2012/13 budget proposal to revamp the central line. "The government set aside the said fund as per TRL's (Tanzania Railways Limited) budget proposalÉ the fund is ready, that is why TRL invited bidders," Dr Tibeza said in a telephone interview from Dodoma.

He, however, could not reveal the amount set aside, pointing out that that would interfere with the tendering process. The deputy minister noted that ordering and receiving locomotives would take between 15 and 18 months. "During this lead time TRL technicians are going to overhaul 15 locomotives. We also plan to lease 18 engines to bridge the lead-time," he told the 'Daily News'.

"Availability of passenger and cargo wagons won't take that long but there is a waiting period," he said. Last week, TRL invited bids to supply 13 new 2000-2200 horse power diesel locomotives, which the deputy minister said would take time from the day of ordering to deliver.

Others are 25 new ballast hoper bogie wagons, these an open carriage meant to transport bulk minerals the like coal, gypsum and aggregate. Also, TRL wanted to obtain 174 covered large bogie wagons, 50 fuel tanks and 50 container carrier bogie totalling 274 goods wagons.

TRL network has the capacity of transporting five million tonnes of cargo per year, but only about 10 per cent is currently being utilised due to what some say is the outcome of developing a railway line without prioritizing. Apart from saving fuel, an efficient rail system would help extend the life shelf of the country's roads, that is, by protecting them from being damaged quickly by heavy duty vehicles.

This is based on the fact that the amount of cargo to be lifted by 40 trucks can easily fit into the 40 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from the port of Dar es Salaam to be transported by a goods train. TRL's gauge is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3/8 in) and the total length is about 2,600 kilometres.

The Central Line runs from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, and the Tanga Line from Tanga to Arusha. The main line has other branches, one to Lake Victoria where a connection operates via Lake Victoria train ferries with the Uganda Railway. From the Tanga line there was an EARH line to Kenya but this is now disused.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 12:16 PM   #5
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Tanzania and Uganda sign rail pact with Chinese firm
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Tanzania and Uganda yesterday signed an agreement with a Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation for the construction of Tanga-Arusha and Musoma-Uganda railway for speeding up linkages between the East African economies.

Under the USD 450 million project, the Chinese’s Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has been commissioned to conduct a feasibility study and implementation of the project, said Transport Minister, Omar Nundu.
The two countries also signed the USD3billion Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the railway line and the three ports.
“Both countries have agreed to contribute funds for the construction of the railway line and the Mwambani port facility in Tanga, Musoma and Uganda,” he noted.
“We hope implementation will start very soon and that the feasibility study will take between three and six months and the project completed by 2015,” said Nundu.
The minister described improved infrastructures as instrumental in promoting EAC economic integration, thus enhancing growth and development among regional partner states.
The railway and ports will facilitate the flow of commodities and simplify movements in both areas, using the railways and modern ports that will be built in Tanga, Musoma and Uganda.
Dr Chebrat Slepher, the Uganda minister for Transport said there is no way development can be achieved without clearly defined means of transport.
He said with limited infrastructure facilities no country can develop economically, socially or intellectually.
“The most interesting part of this project is that it would reduce congestion at Mombasa port. Residents and traders from Tanzania or Uganda will not have to worry about wasting time in long queues waiting to offload or load their goods …now, there are many options,” he said.
For his part, Managing Director of CCEC, Wang Xiangdong assured the two governments that experts would soon start conducting feasibility study on the project, and that they were expected to arrive in the country next week.
He said feasibility will take up to April next year followed by the construction of the railway line and ports in the identified areas.
“This time the construction of the railway line will be enlarged to 1,435mm which is the standard gauge used in other countries and directed by the both governments” he explained.
Xiangdong said his company will be willing to offer technical and administrative training to all staffs using local individuals.
The two East African Community partner states are out to put up a Tanga-Arusha-Musoma railway line and ports at Tanga (Mwambani) and Musoma in Tanzania and Kampala in Uganda.
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Special assistant to the Zambian President for press and public relations George Chellah has announced that Zambian Railways chief executive officer Knox Karima has been retired with one month’s notice “in the national interest”. In his place, President Michael Sata has appointed Professor Clive Chirwa, chair of the faculty of automotive & aerospace engineering at Lusaka University, on a five-year contract. According to the Times of Zambia, Professor Chirwa is “editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Crashworthiness and advisor to the UK, Australia, USA, EU, Japan, Canada and Singapore governments on trans-safety, among many other internationally recognised credentials and achievements.”

In an interview with the paper, Professor Chirwa said he had faced many challenges in his career and that his vision is “to put up an electrified railway system in the next three years.” The Times quoted him saying: “Hundreds of thousands of people will get jobs in the reconstruction process and ultimately when the rail is constructed”
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This was opened on early this month...can't remember the exact date. The plan is to build twenty more stations in the city's CBD.
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Kenya invites bids for 7km commuter railway project

I hope this was not posted before. I also excluded the last paragraph about seeking funds to rehabilitate existing track since there was no time frame on it.

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Thursday, October 04, 2012
Kenya invites bids for 7km commuter railway project

Written by Shem Oirere

KENYA Railway Corporation (KRC) has revived an international tender for a design and build turnkey project for a 7km commuter line in Nairobi after it was suspended in the second quarter when Kenya put on hold a planned $US 200m infrastructure bond.


Despite the setback, Mr Mugo Kibati, head of Vision 2030, Kenya's long-term economic development blueprint, said in May that the commuter rail project was not dead. And when a World Bank-approved $US 431m loan for Kenya's National Urban Transport Improvement Project, including urban commuter rail systems, was confirmed in August the scheme was seemingly revived.
KRC will get $US 11.93m from the loan to carry out feasibility studies and detailed designs for the construction of commuter rail systems in Nairobi and selected towns. This will be in addition to $US 23m allocated previously by the government specifically for the technical design and development of the railway.
The new line will connect Embakasi in Nairobi and East Africa's largest airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The project also involves the construction of a terminal railway station at JKIA and associated infrastructure.
KRC's managing director Mr Nduva Muli says the project works will encompass detailed engineering, architectural and environment impact studies and designs for the proposed line and terminal. He says the contractor will also construct the track bed, structures, bridges, stations, communication, signalling, train control, ticketing and security surveillance systems and infrastructure as well as maintain the completed project for 12 months. Bidders have until October 30 to submit offers for the project which will be constructed over two years.
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This was opened on early this month...can't remember the exact date. The plan is to build twenty more stations in the city's CBD.
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mintali forgot to say this is Kenya : )
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SA reveals state of the art trains

Very nice station in Kenya, especially love the contact-less turnstiles. Here in the South we're also investing vast sums in our passenger and freight rail infrastructure. Here's the latest...


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Johannesburg - Plans for a makeover of South African trains to install air conditioning, security cameras and bigger seats in all passenger coaches were unveiled on Tuesday.

The state-of-the-art blue and silver trains would become a reality in 2015, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said in Johannesburg.

CEO Lucky Montana said the current fleet would be replaced and all trains - commuter and long distance - would boast high level security, bigger seats, a new shape and better communication and technology.

"These trains will bring comfort and the doors will close automatically. People who try and stop the doors will get hurt and there will also be no more hanging from trains," he said, describing the features.

"The trains will have aircon and will have CCTVs. So those who burn trains - we will be able to catch them on camera. These trains will have a route map, so there will be a voice giving the routes. These modern trains will also have on-board communication."

He said the long-distance trains would have WiFi and toilet facilities.


A signalling facility would ensure that the trains braked automatically if drivers drove too fast in certain areas, if two trains were on the same track and if level crossings were not closed.

Montana said the trains would be designed for people with disabilities and special needs, and would include wheelchair facilities.

With 80% more capacity, Montana said it was hoped overcrowding would be a thing of the past in commuter trains.

The rolling stock fleet renewal programme would ensure that all the trains would be manufactured and assembled in the country.



He said the current trains could not meet the expectations of the commuters and had reached a low level of reliability.

"The current fleet have served the country so well, but they have now reached the end of their run."

The upgrades were not limited to the trains. There would be upgrades to train stations, and sub-stations would also be replaced to ensure there was reliable electricity on the railways.

During peak hours the capacity would be increased and trains would be available every three to five minutes from 2015.

With an average age of 39 years for the current 4 638 coaches operating in Gauteng, Durban, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, Montana said the upgrade was necessary.

"It was a mistake for South Africa to not invest in railway for the past 33 years," he said.

"We are paying the price for that lack of investment."

About 90% of the current trains were purchased in the 1950s, with the last purchase made in 1986.

With a fleet this old, the technology was also dated and Prasa said the systems technology of all trains would be replaced to ensure safety.

Montana said that despite the upgrades to the trains and the infrastructure, there would be no significant effect on the wallet of commuters.

"We are not looking at increasing fares in the next five years on a massive scale; there will be adjustments to meet inflation, but we are saying that the current workers can't bear the burden for the upgrade."

Prasa invested R123bn to the upgrade over a period of 20 years and production of the trains are set to start in 2014.
On November 5, Prasa announced that it has accepted a $5.8bn (about R73.9bn) deal with French company Astom for the programme.

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Tazara rail to expand
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) and the Zambia Railway Ltd (ZRL) have signed a deal to expand the railway system to facilitate trade between Southern and Eastern Africa.

The new initiative will at a later stage include the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo, the Congo railway company to enhance trade between the landlocked countries of Zambia and the DRC and the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

CEO of Tazara Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewani said the firms are working on a plan to expand the network following the signing of the deal.
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18th December 12
Tazara gets six new locomotives
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The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has announced the acquisition of six new diesel electric locomotives from China and the recommissioning of two out of four heavy-duty gantry cranes during the month of November, a major boost for its operations.

According to a press statement availed to The Guardian yesterday, the two projects mark significant progress and a major step towards completion of capacity building projects under the 14th Protocol of Economic and Technical Co-operation (14th Protocol) which was signed by the governments of China, Tanzania and Zambia in December 2009.
The statement said all projects under the 14th Protocol were originally scheduled for completion by end of 2011, but encountered difficulties that caused delays.
The difficulties had since been addressed and overcome through collective efforts on the part of Tazara, the projects’ implementing agents of China and the three governments, paving way for their conclusion.
“We are delighted to be on the last lap to the completion of all the projects under the 14th Protocol, even as we continue to face some challenges,” TAZARA managing director Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika said.
The MD said that TAZARA’s over-stretched financial situation was making it difficult to meet some of the expenditures related to the projects, such as port charges and commissioning aspects requiring to be paid for locally.
“But we are determined to meet these obligations, and have been soliciting the understanding and assistance we need from various parties,” he said.
Meanwhile, the statement said, the six 3000-horsepower DE locomotives which have been manufactured in China under licence from General Electric Company of the United States, had already been cleared from the port of Dar es Salaam and transferred to the Tazara workshops where they were awaiting final release and hand-over from the Chinese suppliers.
The six locomotives are expected to enhance the railway line's motive power and reverse the declining performance that had been witnessed in past years.
In another development, two gantry cranes, each based in Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi, which had not been operational for many years have now been rehabilitated and recommissioned, leaving the Kasama and Makambako-based ones to be commissioned within the coming four months.
The statement said this will uplift container loading and offloading activities at the two ends of the line, further promising the revival of container transport throughout the line once the other two gantry cranes at Makambako and Kasama are fully rehabilitated.
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Tanzania nods infrastructure plan
Monday, 17 December 2012 19:22 Timothy Kahoho
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania has applauded the Infrastructure Master Plan for the East African Community (EAC) partner states towards socio-economic welfare of the peoples of the region as a whole.
This has been said by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Cooperation, Dr Stergomina Tax when East African Business Week contacted her for a comment about the outcome of the recent meeting of five top leaders of the EAC Partner States held in Nairobi, Kenya.
“Our Heads of State had deliberated on the development and financing projects and programmes under railways, ports and roads on realization that the projects under these specific sectors have not progressed satisfactorily,” Dr Tax asserted.
The leaders who attended the meeting were President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Yower Museveni of Uganda, Dr Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi and Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
The presidents directed the council of ministers to carry out high level promotions and engagements with key partners for mobilization of the required funds and investments to undertake the implementation of the prioritized regional projects.
The said master plan stands to enable Tanzania to rehabilitate the central railway line from Dar es Salaam to Tabora and Mwanza/Kigoma, as well as Kaliua to Mpanda line with a spur to Kasanga Port on Lake Tanganyika.
The project is crucial in linking Dar es Salaam Port with the landlocked countries of Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Cost estimate is $1.425bn.
Similarly, she said the country will benefit under the plan the construction of a railway line from Uvinza to Musongati in Burundi, Isaka to Kigali in Rwanda and from Keza in Ngara District, Tanzania, to Musongati via Gitega in Burundi. Cost estimate is $5.1bn.
There will be rehabilitation of the Voi to Taveta line to link Kenya and Tanzania. The cost estimate is $200m.
Furthermore, the establishment of Mtwara to Mbamba Bay line with spurs to Liganga, Mlimba and Mchuchuma is scheduled to connect EAC with Malawi and Zambia. Feasibility studies are planned for 2013/2014. The cost estimate is $2.5bn.
The country stands to benefit from the master plan by modernization of the Dar es Salaam Port which will constitute the construction of a second modern container terminal at berths 13 and 14, deepening and strengthening of berths 1 to 7, as well as establishing Kisarawe Cargo Freight Station. The estimated cost is $1.2bn.
There is development of Maruhubi Hub Port in Zanzibar. This is by fact that it is strategic hub for East and Central Africa due to its deep waters. It is part of the implementation of Zanzibar’s Vision 2020 and Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (ZSGRP). The cost estimate is $400m.

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Great work EAC. I strongly believe that by early next decade the EAC will be THE place to invest in Africa.
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Tazara gets six new locomotives
The Guardian Reporter
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has announced the acquisition of six new diesel electric locomotives from China and the recommissioning of two out of four heavy-duty gantry cranes during the month of November, a major boost for its operations.

According to a press statement availed to The Guardian yesterday, the two projects mark significant progress and a major step towards completion of capacity building projects under the 14th Protocol of Economic and Technical Co-operation (14th Protocol) which was signed by the governments of China, Tanzania and Zambia in December 2009.
The statement said all projects under the 14th Protocol were originally scheduled for completion by end of 2011, but encountered difficulties that caused delays.
The difficulties had since been addressed and overcome through collective efforts on the part of Tazara, the projects’ implementing agents of China and the three governments, paving way for their conclusion.
“We are delighted to be on the last lap to the completion of all the projects under the 14th Protocol, even as we continue to face some challenges,” TAZARA managing director Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika said.
The MD said that TAZARA’s over-stretched financial situation was making it difficult to meet some of the expenditures related to the projects, such as port charges and commissioning aspects requiring to be paid for locally.
“But we are determined to meet these obligations, and have been soliciting the understanding and assistance we need from various parties,” he said.
Meanwhile, the statement said, the six 3000-horsepower DE locomotives which have been manufactured in China under licence from General Electric Company of the United States, had already been cleared from the port of Dar es Salaam and transferred to the Tazara workshops where they were awaiting final release and hand-over from the Chinese suppliers.
The six locomotives are expected to enhance the railway line's motive power and reverse the declining performance that had been witnessed in past years.
In another development, two gantry cranes, each based in Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi, which had not been operational for many years have now been rehabilitated and recommissioned, leaving the Kasama and Makambako-based ones to be commissioned within the coming four months.
The statement said this will uplift container loading and offloading activities at the two ends of the line, further promising the revival of container transport throughout the line once the other two gantry cranes at Makambako and Kasama are fully rehabilitated.
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Great news about Tazara, did anyone else see the BBC documentary on it? {An African Railway} I think was its name. I also love what Kenya and S.Africa are up to.

Below is the Zinga-Mongo rail link. The only train line in CAR. It fell into disrepair in the independance era and since then has been brought under the protection by the UNESCO heritage protection. No current plans seem to be running for new rail lines.

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Mozambique to get new railway line in December

Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon is providing design services for the new Moatize Nacala Port and Railway project to be concluded in December in Mozambique.

The Moatize Nacala railway is part of the Nacala logistics corridor commissioned by global mining company Vale.

Muthisse says, once the port and railway have been completed, “it will be possible to export 22-million tons of cargo through Nacala, of which 18-million tons will be coal”.

The construction of the new lines is meant to bring relief to the Sena railway line that has been responsible for transporting coal exports from the town of Moatize, in the western province of Tete, to the Port of Beira.

“Even with an increase in handling capacity to 12-million tons a year, the Sena line cannot possibly handle all the coal exports from Tete, which, in the medium term, could reach 100-million tons a year, says Muthisse.

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SA company delivers passenger coaches to Angolan client

Ten passenger coaches and one power car were delivered to Angola’s major railway line Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), in Lobito, by South African manufacturing and exporting company Dominex in a project that was completed in October, says Dominex CEO Kirk Christodoulakis.

He adds that Angola is rebuilding and upgrading the railway infrastructure for the future, responding, in particular, to the demand from the emerging and growing middle class for more executive rail transportation and accommodation.

“The CFB is a very important and strategic Angolan rail network, not only because it provides access to the inner part of the country but, more importantly, because it links to the copperbelts of Katanga province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as to Zambia.”

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I'm very excited about the Moatize-Nacala railway.
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