Gurugram, India (Urban Transport News): Indian Railways' Transport Infrastructure Consultancy and Engineering company, RITES Limited and National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technical cooperation for transport and related infrastructure projects (from concept to commissioning) on March 28, 2022.
The MoU aims to enable technical support in the fields of rail transportation, railway infrastructure development, including export/leasing of rolling stock, modernisation of workshops, track works, upgrade of signalling and telecommunication systems, operations & maintenance of rolling stock and training of railway personnel. Besides, the partnership intends to explore opportunities in metro rail systems and consultancy for buildings and airports.
As part of the MoU, RITES will provide technical expertise in design, engineering, and training while NRZ will be responsible for generating business leads in Zimbabwe. The collaboration will not only create a platform to enable exploration of business avenues in Africa, but also facilitate knowledge sharing to promote efficient, safe, and sustainable infrastructure.
RITES Limited is a leading player in the transport consultancy and engineering sector in India, having diversified services and geographical reach. The company has experience spanning 47 years and has undertaken projects in over 55 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, South America and Middle East region. RITES Limited is the only export arm of Indian Railways for providing rolling stock overseas (other than Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia).
The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is a designated body in terms of a Zimbabwean Act of Parliament and wholly owned by the Government of Zimbabwe. Established in 1897, the NRZ operates a system that is 2760 route kilometers of 1067mm gauge track and has a mandate to operate competitive bulk rail transportation service for bulk goods (freight) and passengers.