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By Jamie Monson

The TAZARA (Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority), or Freedom Railway, from Dar es Salaam at the Tanzanian coast to the Copperbelt zone of Zambia was once instrumental in fostering essentially the most sweeping improvement transitions in post-colonial Africa. equipped through the peak of the chilly battle, the railway was once meant to redirect the mineral wealth of the inner clear of routes via South Africa and Rhodesia. Rebuffed through Western relief corporations, newly self sustaining Tanzania and Zambia authorized aid from China to build what may turn into one in all Africa's most crucial transportation corridors. The booklet follows the railroad from layout and building to its day-by-day use as an important capability for relocating villagers and items. It tells a narrative of ways transnational pursuits contributed to environmental switch, inhabitants routine, and the increase of neighborhood and nearby firm.

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The two initial railway surveys that were carried out in 1963–64—one by the World Bank and the other by the United Nations—concluded that the proposed rail link would be neither economically feasible nor sustainable. The World Bank survey 16 Freedom Railway isolated economic considerations from the overall political context, concluding that the existing Rhodesian Railways line to the south still had plenty of spare capacity to handle Zambia’s copper exports. The World Bank report and its supporters implied that Nyerere and Kaunda had a political approach to railway development, while the approach of the World Bank and other western donors was based on rational economic decision-making.

There have also been political reasons for adjusting the numbers of Chinese workers: media reports hostile to the project may have exaggerated the numbers of Chinese present in East Africa at the time, while the Chinese and African governments tended to be secretive about them for security reasons. 67 These Chinese workers were accompanied by some 60,000 or more African workers from Tanzania and Zambia. Calculating the total number of African workers is also difficult, in part because there was high turnover.

China would provide the rolling stock and the locomotives, manufactured in China, as well as the steel rails, signaling equipment, and other materials. The cement sleepers and poles would be produced in a workshop in Tanzania, and timber and ballast would be obtained locally in the areas adjacent to the railway corridor. China agreed to provide the engineering and construction expertise for the project by recruiting railway experts and technicians from throughout China. The exact number of Chinese railway workers who served during the construction period is not known, and has been the subject of some speculation.

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