Study launched on Mozambique-Malawi canal

12 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Aug – A three-way accord will be inked by the end of the month to undertake economic viability and environmental impact studies on the construction of the Chire-Zambeze river canal, Mozambican Foreign Minster Oldemiro Baloi said Monday.

The Chire-Zambeze canal will link the Chinde district in Mozambique’s Zambezia province with Nsanje in Malawi over a length of 240 kms. The project is a tripartite one as a Zambian consultancy will carry out the two viability studies.

Construction of the link would give Malawi in particular a very cheap access for its exports via Mozambican ports. The announcement on the latest stage of the canal project was made during the Maputo visit of Malawian President Bingo Wa Mutharika. (macauhub)