Posted by Sombe Longwani

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.

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