CHINESE ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, P. R. CHINA

Wed.29/10/2014

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The 1,860.5kilometer-long Tazara railway spanning from Tanzania's commercial center Dar esSalaam to Zambia's Central Province represents one of China's largest foreignaid projects. A tripartite agreement was signed in September 1967 to build therailroad and construction began in 1970. The railway opened in 1975 and in July1976 was officially transferred to the governments of Tanzania and Zambia, withthe Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority undertaking operations. Over the pastfour decades, the railroad has helped boost agricultural production andurbanization along its route.

Despite sustained operational woes, the governments of China, Tanzania andZambia actively strive to explore ways to revitalize the railroad and enableprofitable operations, spotlighting the spirit embodied by the Tazara railway.This will take Sino-African cooperation in development to a new level as wellas foster a shift in China's role as a force in advancing global governancefrom primarily promoting South-South Cooperation.

The author is theassociate research fellow of the Institute of International Development Cooperation.

This article is publishedon Global Times (January 23, 2017).

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