TAZARA Council Of Ministers Calls For More Action From Board Of Directors

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) Council of Ministers (CoM), comprising the ministers responsible for transport, finance and industry in Tanzania and Zambia, held their 62nd meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, on 10 March.

The CoM noted that TAZARA’s performance had begun to improve, following a change in top management and various technical adjustments in the operations over the past two years. However, it was noted that a lot still needs to be done in order to enhance TAZARA’s operational performance and achieve breakeven levels.

The council pointed out that a dire need for the injection of investment funds in the railway operator remains, and the two governments remain fully committed to sourcing recapitalisation funds. However, the TAZARA board of directors needs to develop a sound business case to justify shareholder funding.

It was also noted that progress has been made in the review of the TAZARA Act, aimed at transforming the institution and make it more business-oriented. However, the CoM pointed out that the board needs to accelerate this process and conclude the review by April.

Finally, the council noted that there have been several managers who committed offences in the past, which have gone unpunished. The CoM, therefore, directed the TAZARA board to discipline all erring managers in order to restore the institution’s integrity.

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