14 February 2013

Angola: Transports Minister Receives Zambian Counterpart

Luanda — The Angolan Transports Minister, Augusto Tomás, met on Wednesday in Luanda with his Zambian counterpart, Yaluma Christopher Bwalya, with whom he discussed issues related to regional cooperation, under the development corridor of Lobito.

The Zambian minister arrived in the country on Wednesday to attend the first ministerial meeting of SADC on development corridor of Lobito, whose works is taking in Lobito city, central Benguela province, on 13-15 February.

The event, which started on Wednesday 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.

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 opening ceremony was led by the Secretary of State for Road Transports, José Kuvingwa.

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