CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba says there is need for Zambia Cargo and Logistics Limited (ZCL) to reclaim its former glory as a leading freight and logistic company to deliver on its mandate.
ZCL handles mainly mineral cargo, especially copper, but has over the years diversified its revenue base to include agriculture-related cargo and general cargo.
Mr Mushimba said it is time ZCL repositioned itself by taking advantage of the new trade corridors such as Nacala in Mozambique, Lobito in Angola and Walvis Bay in Namibia.
He said this when he toured ZCL offices in Tanzania on Thursday.
“The new trade corridors being developed need a robust ZCL that will compete favourably on the international market,” Mr Mushimba said.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Mr Mushimba urged ZCL management to reposition the company into a profitable freight and logistics entity.
He said some missed opportunities are the land in sea ports that Zambia has lost under the watch of ZCL.
He called for immediate repositioning of the company’s business strategy.
“This business-as-usual attitude must stop and it’s high time you repositioned the company, refined the business model, and become that which ZCL used to be under ZCCM –Investment Holdings,” he said.
Mr Mushimba also held bilateral discussions with some Tanzanian leaders regarding the recapitalisation of Tanzania –Zambia Railways (TAZARA), and the proposal being discussed with the Chinese Government.
The talks were aimed at finding a more sustainable solution to the challenges TAZARA faces.