Zambia seal railway construction deal connecting to Port of Nacala, Mozambique

Hope not for illegal export…Ivory, black-and redwood…
Hope sort of win-win!

FurtherAfrica.com

Zambia on Wednesday signed a deal for the construction of a new railway project with China’s state-run firm that will enhance transportation in the southern African nation.

The 388-kilometer railway, to run from the eastern town of Chipata to the central town of Serenje via another eastern town of Petauke, will be constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), at a cost of 2.3 billion U.S. dollars within a four-year period.

“This project aims at enhancing regional trade and transport competitiveness by providing an alternative trade route to the East Coast of Africa via the Port of Nacala in Mozambique.” Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba said at a signing ceremony in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

The project will provide the much-needed link between the Zambian main railway line network with the Malawian railway line network through the existing Chipata-Mchinji railway line which forms part of the Nacala…

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