Recently, personnel of CCECC Fuzhou Survey & Design Institute Co., Ltd. and CCECC East Africa Ltd. visited the Dar es Salaam station and the construction center of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA Railway) to retrace its construction process.
Dar es Salaam is the starting point of the TAZARA Railway, which stretches 1,860.5 kilometers westward through high mountains, valleys, torrential rivers, dense and primitive forest to KapiriMposhi (New) in Zambia.
In the TAZARA Railway construction center, the black-and-white light and shadow on the photo wall sparked memories of that time. In the 1970s, China dispatched about 50 thousand technicians and workers to build this railway with the peoples of Tanzania and Zambia. Its construction began on Oct. 26, 1970, and the whole project was completed and handed over in July 1976.
Since 1968, the Foreign Aid Bureau of the Ministry of Railways, on behalf of the Chinese government, has organized and undertaken the survey and design, construction, rolling stock, trial operation, maintenance, and technical assistance of the railway; it was on this basis that the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) was established in June 1979. To this day CCECC still sends experts to participate in the technical and economic cooperation of the railway.
It is this “the road to freedom” that links the sincere friendship between China and Africa across races and centuries. CCECC is not only the constructor of the TAZARA Railway, but also the successor of the TAZARA spirit. Nowadays, several generations of CCECC employees are carefully guarding this land and keeping the TAZARA spirit firmly in mind.