President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia arrived in Dar-es-Salaam on Sunday (October 25) to join other East African and Chinese leaders for Monday's ceremony to mark the official beginning of the Tanzania-Zambia railway.
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SV President Nyerere and Vice-President Kawawa
SV Nyerere with Mr. Fang Yi and delegation
LV Kaunda out of aircraft and greeted by Nyerere and Fang Yi (3 shots)
SV Chinese delegation greet other members of Zambian party (3 shots)
SV Band playing
SV Presidents take salute
LV Kaunda inspects guard of honour
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia arrived in Dar-es-Salaam on Sunday (October 25) to join other East African and Chinese leaders for Monday's ceremony to mark the official beginning of the Tanzania-Zambia railway.
President Julius Nyerere and Vice-President Rashidi Kawawa were at Dar es Salaam Airport to greet the Zambian leader and his delegation. Also there to welcome Dr. Kaunda was a delegation from the People's Republic of China, headed by Mr. Fang Yi, the Economic Co-operation Minister, who had arrived in Tanzania from Peking only the day before.
The Chinese delegation also included Mr. Kuo Lu, the Vice-Minister for Communications, and Mr. Li Hsuan, his deputy.
The ceremony will mark the formal beginning of the rail-link which will give Zambia's copperbelt access to the Indian Ocean without having to rely on the white-ruled countries of Rhodesia and Mozambique. In addition to financing the railway with a 168 million pound (45 million dollar) loan, the People's Republic of China has a contingent of about 3,000 technical experts helping the Tanzanians to build the one thousand mile railway (1,600 Kms).
On Wednesday (October 28) Dr. Nyerere will officiate at a similar ceremony to Monday's at Kapiri Mposhi, the Zambian Terminal of the rail-link.