30 November 2012

Southern Africa: SADC to Continue Pressing for Lobito Corridor Integration

Lobito — The deputy executive secretary of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Samuel Caholo, Thursday in Lobito, Angola's central Benguela province, assured the Angolan authorities' institutional support for the re-activation of the Lobito Corridor.

Angolan Samuel Caholo was speaking at the opening of the international Conference on the Lobito Corridor, on behalf of the SADC executive secretary.

The official on the occasion said that the Angolan Government is truly committed to regional integration through corridors, which is supported by SADC.

"My presence here is the witness of the importance that SADC attaches to the Lobito Corridor," he stated.

He recalled that during the celebrations of the 37th anniversary of Angola's independence, he delivered a speech in Zambia, focusing on the importance, advantages and opportunities offered by the integration of this southern region served by the Lobito Corridor.

Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the countries served by the Lobito Corridor. Namibia, Zimbabwe and Portugal are attending the conference to seek cooperation opportunities.

Angop learned that in order to flow its minerals out using the current channels, the DRC needs about 60 days, a time that can be reduced to eight days through an integration of the Benguela Railway.

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