ZAMBIA RAILWAYS SCOOPS BEST OVERALL EXHIBITOR AWARD AT THE CAMINEX SHOW
Zambia Railways Limited scooped the Best Overall Exhibitor Award at the Copperbelt, Agricultural, Mining, Industrial, Networking and Exhibition (CAMINEX) trade expo in Kitwe.
The Trade Expo which was until now known as The Copperbelt Agriculture and Mining Show was held from the 6th to 8th June, 2017 under the theme ‘Adding Value –The Home Grown Solution’.
Speaking after receiving the award, Zambia Railways Limited Managing Director, Christopher Musonda said the award was a sign that the railway firm has made tremendous improvements in its operations and services by adding value to the transportation chain.
Mr Musonda attributed the win to team work.
“On behalf of Zambia Railways Limited, allow me to appreciate my team for the commitment and innovations that are adding value to the transport logistic chain. This award signifies the value and importance of railway transport in the economic sectors of Zambia” Mr Musonda said.
And in line with the theme, the Zambia Railways stand attracted a number of high profile clients and stakeholders that included, the Guest of Honour, Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, Minister of Mines, Hon. Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Michael Katambo and other senior government officials.
Zambia Railways stand showcased current projects and programmes being carried out such as the remanufacturing of locomotives and wagons, the inter-modal initiative aimed at servicing companies that are not yet rail linked, the Intermine rail connectivity on the Copperbelt and the new passenger service among others.
During her stand orientation, Ms Mwanakatwe was informed that the re-manufacturing of obsolete locomotives in partnership with SMH Rail of Malaysia was progressing well, and that three locomotives have been completed while the other seven were in the process of rehabilitation.
The Minister was further informed that the Zambia Railways Engineering Division at Workshops successfully carried out the remanufacturing of bottom discharge wagons into side tipping wagons to suit the current customer needs in the mining industry.
The other initiatives showcased at the CAMINEX Show include; the rail connectivity of Chambishi Copper Smelter to the main network for transportation of various mining products to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Inter- modal initiative being done in partnership with Zambian Furnance Supplies for the transportation of coal from the Batoka Coal Mines in Southern Province to Bwana Mkubwa in Ndola for customers that are not yet rail linked.
The 2017 CAMINEX saw a number of new comers including the Nacala Corridor Logistics.
The Expo also for the first time included Seminars and Presentations by key industry players and academics.
Zambia Railways Limited(ZRL), National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) and CFM of Mozambique have embarked on a joint marketing programme in a bid to promote the Beira corridor of Mozambique through interactions with various customers in Zambia.
The delegation from both Zimbabwe and Mozambique combined with Zambia Railways are scheduled to meet customers and hold promotion talks to market the Beira corridor.
The Beira corridor is one of the corridors that Zambia Railways utilizes for the movement of commodities because of its operational efficiencies. Today Beira has handled a lot of fertilizers for Zambia and the aim is to ensure most of these come by rail.
Zambia Railways Limited Chief Executive Officer Christopher Musonda said ZRL boasts of a good working relationship that it enjoys with other contiguous railways in the southern region, and this can be evidenced by the joint marketing programmes.
He said the company will endeavour to support any region efforts aimed at marketing corridors linked to Zambia.
Zambia Railways does not work in isolation but it incorporates other key players in the safe movement of goods for customers to various corridor destinations.
National Railways of Zimbabwe Director Marketing Elector Mafunga observed that the rail transport business has changed over the years due to a number of factors obtaining on the market.
And this therefore means that the approach to wooing customers must change too, if the railways have to survive and increase the share on the market. High levels of flexibility in the rates for movement of cargo should be adopted by railways.
Mrs. Mafunga further urged Zambia Railways to count on the National Railways of Zimbabwe for any business developments.
The CFM of Mozambique Director Commercial Paulo Tarmamade has urged customers in Zambia to move their bulk cargo by rail on the Beira route.
Mr Tarmamade noted that the railways are a best option in the heavy cargo movement because of its many advantages over road haulers.
ZAMBIA RAILWAYS ATTENDS A BUSINESS FORUM IN FRANCE
Zambia Railways Limited is impressed with advanced technological railway infrastructure and operations in Paris, France.
Zambia Railways Limited Chief Executive Officer Christopher Musonda represented the institution accompanied by the Corporate Planning Manager, Vyonsi Manda at a Business Forum in France from 5th to 9th February, 2016.
Mr Musonda was given an opportunity to speak at this important forum, and his presentation caught the attention of many French investors involved in concrete sleeper manufacturing, rail transport and construction industries.
He further told the forum that Zambia Railways has huge potential to grow the business and become the leading bulk and heavy transporter in the country.
Meanwhile a French company called ‘RATP’ has expressed interest to venture into commuter train services in Zambia. RATP is a state owned parastatal running Rail and Road Public Passenger Transportation with a workforce of about 58,000 employees and about 14million passengers are moved per day.
In addition, RATP has 75% passenger market share and has a fully fledged real estate division which owns and operates shopping malls among other properties.
The Zambia Railways team also had a meeting with Alstom another strong French company specialised in the energy and transport sectors with a division involved in the manufacturing of coaches and railway rolling stock.
Systra was another French company that was visited by ZRL and it is specialised in public transportation and in the export of railway expertise to the outside world.
The Business Forum was organised by the Zambian Government through the Ministry of Commerce and Trade. The Zambian delegation was headed by His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu with the Ministers of Energy and Water Development, Foreign Affairs and Commerce in his entourage.