The governments of Malawi and Mozambique on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction, starting next year, of a railway line between the two countries, Radio Mozambique reports.
The project, estimated at approximately US$26M, covers the construction of a 44-kilometre line from Mutarara, in Mozambique’s Tete province, to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.
Speaking at a press conference in Beira, Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Janfar Abdulai, said that the line could generate more than 80 million tons of cargo per year.
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Malawi’s Minister of Transport and Public Works, Sidik Mia, said the line would open a new page in the economic recovery of his country.
Malawi currently imports more than 48 million tons of diverse cargo a year via Beira and Nacala ports in Sofala and Nampula provinces, respectively.
Source: Rádio Moçambique via Club of Mozambique