Officials from Botswana want to use port of Maputo in Mozambique

25 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 July – Botswana may, in the next few days, start using the port of Maputo to export and import goods, said the chairman of Mozambican port and rail company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), Rosário Mualeia.

Botswana has been using the port of Maputo as a transit point and now plans to use it as the final destination of its cargo, Mualeia said, cited by Mozambican news agency AIM, commenting on the visit by the president of Botswana to the port of Maputo container terminal.

One of Botswana’s main interests is to develop the construction project for the deep water port of Techobanine, in the Matutuíne district of Mozambique’s Maputo province, including a 1,100 kilometre interconnecting railway, and costing an initial US$7 billion.

According to Camilo Abdul, a representative of the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), the company that holds the concession on the port of Maputo, the facility has capacity to process 20 million tons per year, of which it currently makes use of just 12 million.

“They (the Botswana officials) talk about a potential of 20 million tons per year, but they will certainly not start out with 20 million,” Abdul said, adding that, “we are ready to start.”

The port of Maputo is also used by companies from South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. (macauhub)