Rail link from Angola to Namibia, Zambia and DR Congo completed in 2014

25 August 2011

Luanda, Angola, 25 Aug – The project to interconnect the three railways from Angola to Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo may be completed in 2014, Angola’s RNA national radio reported, citing a government source.

The Transport Ministry’s infrastructure director, Carla Marques, said the three lines’ connections to the neighbouring countries would be finished by 2012, RNA reported.

In the scope of regional integration, new ports will also be built in Cabinda and at Barra do Dande in Bengo province, 50 km north of Luanda, Marques said.

“As soon as construction of the Barra do Dande port begins, work will begin on the branch line connecting the Luanda railroad to that port. And we want rail interconnections to each of the ports – Luanda, Lobito and Namibe,” she added.

Completion of those projects, probably by 2014, will facilitate the interconnection with Zambia, DR Congo and Namibia and the outflow of products from those three countries, Marques said. (macauhub)