13 February 2013

Southern Africa: SADC First Meeting On Lobito Corridor Begins Wednesday

Lobito — The first meeting of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on the development of Lobito corridor is starting this Wednesday in Lobito city, central Benguela province, with participation of Angola (host), Zambia and DR Congo.

The event will go up to 15 February and will tackle, among others, issues related to the revision of memorandum of accord draft (MDA) for the joint governance of the Lobito

corridor and establishment of institutions for the management of the referred corridor, as well as development of an integrated plan for the construction, rehabilitation and financing of Lobito railways network.

The technicians will adopt a final report of feasibility and design studies of Lobito corridor roads and the implementation plan and they will outline a map for the implementation of agreed projects and activities.

Angola, Zambia and DRC will also discuss and negotiate the legal tool for the corridor aiming to prepare an accord to be recommended to the ministers for its approval and signature.

The Secretary of State for Road Transport, José Kuvingwa will open the event.

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