Benguela railroad in Angola soon to reach DR Congo border

14 February 2013

Around 1,070 kilometres, or 80 percent of the total length of the railroad between the Angolan cities of Lobito and Luau have been built, the director of the Angolan National Railroad Institute, Júlio Bango said Wednesday.

On the sidelines of a meeting of exports, ahead of a meeting of ministers of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), whose countries are linked by the Lobito development corridor (Angola, DR Congo and Zambia), Bango said that if it were not for difficulties faced because of rains in the east of the country the work to lay rails, concrete sleepers, signs and telecommunications would already have been finished.

“We should already have reached Luau but we have seen some constraints caused by the rain,” he said adding that work would soon be finished and that Angola would then be linked to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, Bango also said that work to rebuild the Benguela railroad had already reached as far as the city of Luena, on the border province of Kuando Kubango, a region in which the trains are already operating.

Reconstruction of the CFB is being carried out with funding from the China Export Import Bank (ExIm).

Angola Wednesday and Thursday hosted a forum of experts and on Friday 15 February is due to be the venue of a ministerial meeting, which also involves representatives of the African Union. (macauhub)