An effective railway transport system is vital to improving Africa's trade performance. In the COMESA-EAC-SADC regions of Eastern and Southern Africa the road system, even if improved considerably, cannot meet transport needs alone - especially if the region is to trade its way to the levels of economic growth necessary to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards sustainable poverty reduction and wealth creation.
TMSA is supporting the improvement of the railway transport system in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region. TMSA has commissioned a study on railway concessioning which will provide guidance on the way forward to developing the region's railway transport system into a functioning transport network that is able to take significantly higher levels of goods traffic efficiently and at prices that are competitive with roads.
TMSA has also completed a railway track assessment, and detailed information about the state of railway tracks in the region are now available (for more information, visit the TMSA GIS at www.tmsagis.co.za). Furthermore, TMSA is supporting TAZARA in the development of their strategic and business plan with the objective to transform TAZARA into an efficient and cost effective African railway transport company that carries over two million tons per year.