Angola: Corridors of Lobito and Namibe fundamental to the region

19 March 2008

Luanda, Angola, 19 March – The Angolan government has decided to use its own funds to rebuild the transport corridors of Lobito (Benguela) and Namibe, said the President, José Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda.

According to Angolan newspaper Jornal de Angola, dos Santos spoke on Monday during the opening ceremony of official talks between ministerial delegations of Angola and Zambia, on the state visit of the President of Zambia, Levy Mwanawasa, to Angola

Dos Santos said that reopening the corridors of Lobito and Namibe (comprising road and rail infrastructures linking Angola to countries in the southern region of the continent) would generate wealth and jobs, increase the circulation of people and goods and combat poverty in the region, as well as have an important impact on the revitalising economic and social activity.

“Communication lines that link producers, distributors and consumer centres, or the interior to the coastal ports, have a crucial importance in this context”, said the President.

He justified the government’s actions to rebuild the corridors by citing the difficulties that the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) experienced in making the rebuilding project viable. (macauhub)