(Xinhua) -- The Tanzania Zambia
Railway Authority (TAZARA) has recorded improved performance in
the last financial year despite its inadequate infrastructure
and financial woes, a senior official said on Sunday.
Conrad Simuchile, TAZARA public relations officer said in an
interview with Xinhua that in the financial year ending June
2018, the firm owned jointly by the governments of Tanzania and
Zambia transported over 220,000 tonnes of freight, an increase
of nearly 29 percent compared to the 2017 financial year, when
it transported over 171,000 tonnes.
According to him, the interstate passenger trains conveyed
over 543,000 passengers between Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi
during the last financial year, surpassing the planned target of
"This performance is better than 2017 financial year, in
which 483,000 passengers were transported, therefore
highlighting a sizeable progress in interstate passenger
performance." he said.
He noted that although commuter and shuttle trains have
continued to gain popularity and momentum, the limited number of
coaches to support these services remains a major stumbling
block to the railway line.
"We are making good progress in improving our performance.
"However, the inadequate infrastructure continue to pose
serious challenges to the operations," he said.
Simuchile said TAZARA has been seeking various ways to
support itself through public-private partnerships and other
modes of recapitalization.
"The shareholders are aware of all the financial needs of
"We have been exploring the options for recapitalization
together with the shareholders," he said.