LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The
Chinese and the Zambian governments on Friday launched an exhibition to mark the
construction of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), a joint railway
project between Zambia and Tanzania built over 40 years ago.
The launch of
the “TAZARA: A Monument of Friendship for 40 Years” exhibition at the Lusaka
National Museum was witnessed by Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda and
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming as well as Zambia’s independence
Chalikosa, minister in the Office of the Vice President and the guest of honor,
said the exhibition was intended to showcase the process of the railway’s
construction and its significance to a landlocked country like Zambia.
“I have no
doubt in my mind that through this exhibition, our people will learn the history
of the construction of TAZARA. It will also give a feel of the TAZARA spirit
that inspired the men and women who were part of this great project in the
middle of Africa that has stood the test of time,” she said.
that the exhibition will help the young generation learn the history of the
railway line and carry forwards its spirit in the future.
government is committed to ensuring that TAZARA’s operations were revamped so as
to contribute effectively to national development, she added.
tribute to both Chinese and Zambian nationals who sacrificed their lives during
the construction of the project and hailed China over its dedication to the
project even during the time when it was going through economic problems of its
Yang said the
railway was a project of friendship initiated by the leaders of the three
envoy, who described the project as a great railway of freedom, noted that it
provided the urgently needed and most important link to the sea when Zambia’s
southern routes were blocked due to instability in some countries.
line, he said, has played a key role in the economic development of not only
Zambia and Tanzania but also other neighboring countries.
governments of the three countries have reached consensus on how to revive the
railway line which has been facing operational challenges, he said, adding that
its revival will usher in a new era for the railway and inject new impetus into
the industrialization and agricultural modernization in the region.
the construction of the railway line was a shining example of the cooperation
with China and that African leaders recognize the sacrifice China made to make
the liberalization of southern Africa a reality.
Zambian leader further hailed the spirit of Chinese leaders to cooperate with
African countries which has been carried on by their successors.
construction of the railway linking Tanzania and Zambia started in 1970 and
finished in 1976, covering 1,860.5 km from the Zambian town of Kapiri Mposhi to