In addition to the new mobile Freight Management and Information System that was launched on the 9th of May, 2018; earlier reports have quoted TAZARA managing director stating that the performance of the authority had tremendously improved with transit time reducing from over 30 days to between 5 and 7 days. Tonnage had also increased by 94%.
Résumé: En plus du nouveau système de gestion et d'information sur le fret mobile lancé le 9 mai 2018; Des rapports antérieurs ont cité le directeur général de TAZARA déclarant que la performance de l'autorité s'était considérablement améliorée avec le temps de transit passant de plus de 30 jours à entre 5 et 7 jours. Le tonnage a également augmenté de 94%.
The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority, popularly known as TAZARA, is a bi-national railway linking the Southern Africa Regional transport network to Eastern Africa's seaport of Dar es Salaam, offering both freight and passenger transportation services between and within Tanzania and Zambia. TAZARA stands for Tanzania–Zambia Railway Authority.
Map Showing Tanzania - Zambia Railway Network (tazarasite.com/)
The new Freight Management and Information System was officially launched at TAZARA headquarters in Dar es Salaam, with the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Professor Makame Mbarawa officiating the event.
The system also allows users to view all invoice details including consignee, loading & offloading date, origin & destination stations, item description, cost, and status.
With such a new modern high-tech initiative, Tanzania is now considered the first in East and Central Africa to have the technology, according to TAZARA Regional Manager Fuad Abdallah.
According to Mr. Abdallah, the new project is dedicated to transportation and cargo flow management performance by introducing location-based Transportation Management System (TMS) to main freight routes in Tanzania - Zambia economies.
He said: "The authority is also able to view all train details, including total number of wagons attached in, load and unload status, origin and destination stations, train total weight, length, item description, total invoice cost, train current position and status."
Mr Abdallah who was demonstrating to the minister how the new system operates, said “TAZARA will also be able to track locomotive fuel consumption for individual driver with the actual distance covered and that the fuel consumption records can be viewed in a range of dates specified.”
"We can view all invoice details including consignee, loading and offloading date, origin and destination stations, item description, cost and status," he added. In his directives to TAZARA, Prof Mbarawa asked the management to be cautious on unscrupulous officials to avoid sabotage of the system through tampering.
African Mobilities Observatory – AMO believes that improved freights can turn to impact positively towards a given country’s economic status by contributing to state funds through payment of various taxes and other legal obligations. And if only such funds are utilized well for a common good of all citizens of a particular nation or region, it can look one way to achieve SDG 3; Eradication of poverty for all at all levels in the rest of the East and Southern regions of Africa.
By Joseph Semuju
Community Manager - AMO
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