Zambia and Malawi now linked by rail to Nacala, Mozambique

13 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Oct – The railway line between Chipata, in eastern Zambia, and Machinji, in western Malawi, has been concluded and opened, and is now the shortest route between Zambia and the Indian Ocean, via the Mozambican port of Nacala, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

The inauguration of the Chipata-Mchinji line, described in the region as a historical event, is expected to provide a new impetus to trade not only in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, but in the entire southern Africa region, the agency reported.

AIM also said that the railroad would soon be linked to the port of Nacala and that the only thing left to do was finish its refurbishment.

Zambia is currently dependent on a very long route to reach a port and uses the Tazara line, in Tanzania, which links the country to the port of Dar-es-Salaam.

Nacala is one of the Mozambican deep water ports (Beira and Maputo are the others), that can receive large ships with goods for countries in the interior of the continent. (macauhub)