17 February 2013

Angola: Countries of Lobito Corridors Create Strategies to Develop Region

Luanda — The minister of Angola, DR Congo and Zambia decided to develop an integrated plan for the rehabilitation, maintenance and operation of the Railways network of Lobito Corridor, according to the final recommendations ousted on Friday in the first ministerial meeting of the cabinet officials in charge of the transport sector.

The Railway network of the Lobito Corridor integrates system of Benguela Railways (CFB), Societé National de Chemin de Ferre of Congo, Zambia Road Limited, Zambian Railways and the integrated plan aimed to provide a shortest and most effective railway transport line from the port to the copperbelt of DR Congo and Zambia.

The transport minister of the three countries, Augusto Tomás (Angola), Justin Mwana Ngongo (DR Congo) and Yaluma Christopher Bwalya (Zambia) also decided to develop an integrated plan the rehabilitation, maintenance and management of road infrastructure network of Lobito Corridor in each state.

These decisions aim to create a road network in order to permit circulation of people and goods of the three countries, as well as promote various international transports.

The minister agreed to define concession and development of roads Jimbe, Luau and Dilolo as interconnected border check-points so as to improve their effectiveness.

The event, which started on Wednesday with meetings of experts, was 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".

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