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Lungu, Kikwete to revamp TAZARA

PRESIDENT Lungu with his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

ANGELA CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu and his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete have committed their countries to revamping operations of Tanzania-Zambia Railways (TAZARA) to improve trade between the countries.
Mr Lungu and Dr Kikwete made this commitment during official bilateral talks at State House yesterday.
“We will explore what needs to be done to revamp TAZARA. Our meeting here today bears testimony to our mutual desire and commitment not only to the revitalisation of TAZARA, but also to the greater goal of ensuring that our bilateral relations continue to grow from strength to strength,” Mr Lungu said.
Mr Lungu said TAZARA remains the most significant symbol of the tripartite relations between Zambia, Tanzania and China.
He also said the Zambia-Tanzania Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) has helped the two countries to achieve co-operation in areas such as agriculture, transport and communication, energy and immigration, among others.
“I am delighted to note that Zambia and Tanzania have in existence a joint committee of permanent secretaries, which was created to improve trade facilitation and boost bilateral trade between the two countries,” he said.
Mr Lungu commended the permanent secretaries for the work undertaken towards resolving the challenges faced at the Nakonde-Tunduma border.
He, however, said the committee has a lot of work to harmonise regulations between the countries and the establishment of a functioning one-stop border post at Nakonde-Tunduma.
Dr Kikwete said TAZARA has served the two countries well and facilitated trade between the two countries.
“TAZARA is going through a lot of difficulties but we are here to discuss and find a way forward,” he said.
Dr Kikwete also said there is need to revamp TAZAMA Pipelines to ease movement of oil from Dar es Salaam to Ndola.
“We need to ensure that TAZAMA and all the other infrastructure is functioning well,” he said.
Dr Kikwete congratulated Mr Lungu on his election as Republican President and pledged to support him and ensure that he succeeds.

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