Mozambique: Mozambican state company wants to build railroad in Malawi

22 October 2008

Blantyre, Malawi, 22 Oct – Mozambican state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) has put itself forward to rebuild the railway line between Blantyre in Malawi and Vila Nova da Fronteira in Mozambique, according to Monday’s edition of Malawian newspaper the Daily Times.

According to the paper, the chairman of the company, Rui Fonseca, made the offer public last week, during a meeting in the city of Beira to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the concession contract on the port of Beira to Dutch company Cornelder.

At the time, Fonseca said he had made the offer some weeks back and was still awaiting a reply from the Maalwi authorities.

“We are building a 45 kilometre stretch between Vila Nova da Fronteira and Nsanje and we have asked the Malawian government to authorise us to continue for a further 100 kilometres to Blantyre,” Fonseca said.

The chairman of CFM said that the 100 kilometres of railway line would cost around US$11 million and that his company and that the company was available to make that investment in order to ensure that products from Malawi can be transported along the line to the port of Beira.

Malawi was once a big customer for the port of Beira but the railway line was destroyed at the beginning of the 1980s during Mozambique’s civil war. (macauhub)