13 February 2013

Angola: Zambian Transport Minister At Lobito Corridor Meeting

Luanda — Zambian minister of Transport Yaluma Christopher Bwalya arrived Thursday in Luanda to attend the first Ministerial Meeting of

the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on "Lobito Corridor Development", set for 13 -15 February in southern Benguela province.

The event, which started Thursday with meetings of experts, is jointly sponsored by the Executive Secretariat of SADC and the Ministry of

Transport of Angola, under the motto "Lobito Corridor: Union, Integration and Economic Development ".

Ministers of Transport and Infrastructure of Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, will discuss on Friday, various topics.

The participants will analyse among other themes, "boost of Lobito Corridor Development, establishing Mechanisms of Corridor Management and Integrated Plan for Rehabilitation, Maintenance and Management of Infrastructure Network of Lobito Corridor Transport".

As for the review of the draft Memorandum of Agreement (MDA), the Corridor States - Angola, DR Congo and Zambia - will discuss and negotiate the legal instrument in order to prepare an agreement that will be recommended to Ministers for approval and signature.

On the development of an integrated plan for construction, rehabilitation and funding of the railway network of the Lobito corridor, the parties will discuss a plan that integrates the completion of railway rehabilitation programmes in Angola ( from Lobito to Luau).

While in DR Congo, they will focus on Diloto to Lubumbashi.

In Zambia, the participants will centre on construction of the North Western Railwaiy" of Chingola, through the border check point of Jimbe directly linking the railway network of the Benguela Railway (CFB) to the port city of Lobito.

The Zambian minister Yaluma Christopher Bwalya, who leads his country's delegation was received at Luanda "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport by the Angolan ambassador to Zambia, Balbina Dias da Silva.

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