The Ministry of Transport and Communications was created by Presidential Decree following the splitting of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications in 2015 and became fully operational on 1st January, 2016. The mandate of the Ministry is to formulate and administer policies in the transport, communications and meteorological sectors in order to enhance their contribution to sustained socio-economic development for the people of Zambia.
Specifically, the Ministry is responsible for the following portfolio functions: -
•Civil Aviation and Airways Policy & Regulations
•Meteorological Services & Policy
•Ports, Harbours and Shipping Policy & Regulations
•Railways Policy & Regulations
•Roads and Road Traffic Policy & Regulations
•Transport Policy; and
•Communications ICT Policy and Regulations
In addition, the Ministry was responsible for the following Statutory Bodies and Institutions: -
1)Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL),
2)Civil Aviation Authority (CAA),
3)Road Transport & Safety Agency (RTSA),
4)Zambia Information Communications and Technology Authority (ZICTA), and
5)Zambia Chartered Institute of Logistics.
State owned Enterprises
1)Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (ZAMTEL),
2)Zambia Postal Services Corporation, (ZAMPOST),
3)Mpulungu Harbour Corporation,
4)Bangweulu Water Board,
5)Mweru Water Board,
6)Zambia Railways Limited, (ZRL),
7)Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA),
8)Pan African Mineral Development Company (PAMDC), and
9)Zambia Cargo & Logistics Limited (ZCL).
The Ministry discharged its functions through six departments, namely:
1)Human Resources and Administration (HRA),
The Human Resource and Administration Department is mandated to ensure provision and management of the human, administrative, logistical and financial resources and services in order to facilitate the smooth operations and improve the Ministry’s performance.
2)Zambia Meteorology Department (ZMD),
The Meteorological Services Department is mandated to produce and disseminate weather and climatic information to the aviation, agriculture and other sectors to facilitate informed decision making.
3)Maritime and Inland Waterways Department (DMIW),
The Maritime and Inland Waterways Department is mandated to promote the development and growth of the water transport sector in order to ease the movement of passengers and cargo especially in wetland regions.
4)Communications Department (DoC),
The Communications Department is mandated to promote and coordinate the development and growth of the Telecommunications, Information Technology and Postal Services through formulation and administration of policies in order to contribute to sustainable socio-economic development of Zambia.
5)Transport Department (DoT),
The Department of Transport is mandated to coordinate and promote the development and growth of the road, railways, waterways and air transport sub-sectors in order to ease the movement of people and goods, thereby, facilitating social economic development: and
6)Planning and Monitoring Department (PMD).
The Planning and Monitoring Department is mandated to coordinate, formulate and review Ministerial policies, strategies and legislation in order to provide a framework for effective implementation of programmes and projects. It also monitors and evaluates the implementation of infrastructure development, transport, communication and meteorology programmes. Additionally, it acts as the Ministry’s liaison office for Parliamentary and Cabinet business matters as well as providing ICT services in the Ministry.