Train links Nacala, Mozambique, to Chipata in Zambia

23 May 2014

An experimental train carrying miscellaneous cargo has travelled from the port of Nacala, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, to the city of Chipata, in Zambia, passing through neighbouring Malawi, said the President of the Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique Triangle of Development (ZMM-TD) said.

Noting that the journey of around 750 kilometres took around a week, Virgílio Ferrão said that the experiment was part of the efforts made to use the Nacala Corridor, an initiative that involves the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Union and South Africa’s Trade Mark.

In order to drive effective regional integration the scheme’s promoters hope that rail cargo along the route will be, in the opposite direction, will be cotton, maize, copper, tobacco and other products that Zambia and Malawi want to export via the port of Nacala.

Ferrão told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that the journey had been difficult as along a 3’00-kilometre section of the route the railway was overgrown , which restricted speed.

As a result, Ferrão said, the time for the Nacala-Lilongwe-Chipata journey had to be extended to a week and four days in the opposite direction.

Despite this, Ferrão said that the project was important for businesspeople within the Triangle, as a way of improving transport and communications between the three countries. (macauhub/MZ)