Zambia: Lafarge Zambia and Zambia Railways have signed a transport agreement to improve the delivery of production inputs for cement production and to distribute clinker and cement products locally and to neighbouring countries. The deal is intended to complement other modes of transport, reduce reliance on roads and promote sustainability. The agreement will run for three years and is subject to renewal.
“We continue to have a high fleet of trucks on our roads responsible for both inbound and outbound logistics, in excess of 500 trucks. The pressure exerted on the roads continues to be high as a result of this activity. Therefore, this partnership will relieve some pressure off our roads as it complements other modes of transportation currently in use today and we also anticipate to reduce the safety risk on the road,” said Chrissie Moloseni, Chief Financial Officer of Lafarge Zambia at the signing ceremony on 8 July 2016.
Christopher Musonda, the Chief Executive Officer of Zambia Railways, added that the company has devised a new transport model to improve efficiency. The Wagon Monitoring and Control System (WAMCO) is designed in a way that will enable customers to have dedicated wagons for all movements, thereby improving efficiency levels.