Mozambique: Government to expand port of Pemba

22 April 2008

Gaborone, Botswana, 22 April – Mozambique plans to move ahead with the expansion of the port of Pemba in the north of the country, to make oil exploration easier in the region, according to the April edition of the Southern African Global Competitiveness Hub newsletter.

The organisation, which is headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana, is an initiative of the United States government to promote international trade in Southern Africa not only with the United States but also inter-regionally.

“The volume of cargo processed between October 2006 and 2007 increased from 66,939 to 75,990 tons,” Orio Benzane, director of the port told the newsletter.

The publication added that the expansion project, worth several million dollars, would make it possible for the port to quickly process larger volumes of cargo.

The port of Pemba is located in the province of Cabo Delgado, the third largest bay in the world, but, despite its deep water and its strategic location it continues to be merely a regional port. (macauhub)