The governments of Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on Friday signed a partnership document for construction of a railway of over 1,700 kilometres through all three countries to facilitate trade, reported Zimbabwe’s Chronicle newspaper.
The document was signed in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, by the Minister of Transport and Development Infrastructure of Zimbabwe, Joram Gumbo, the Minister for Transport and Communications of Mozambique, Carlos Alberto Mesquita and the Minister for Minerals, Energy and Water Resources of Botswana, Onkokane Kitso Mokaila.
Around 1,500 kilometres of the railway will be located in Zimbabwe and there will be 100 kilometres in both Botswana and Mozambique. Each government will provide US$200 million in funding and seek to establish a public-private partnership for the project given its size.
Joram Gumbo said he hoped the project will improve the distribution of regional traffic, increase regional integration and international cooperation and will be another part of a regional transport network.
The railway, which will end in Mozambique at Ponta Techobanine where a sea port will be built, should, according to the stakeholders, facilitate investment in mining, logistics and industry.