Government calls for public-private partnerships for port and railroad in Beira, Mozambique

17 July 2014

Mozambique’s Minister for Transport and Communications, Gabriel Muthisse called for public-private partnerships (PPPs) or private companies to maintain rail and port facilities as a way of improving them over the next 10 years.

“Traffic is projected to increase over the next 10 years to 23 million tons, including 18 million tons of coal,” said Muthisse.

The Transport and Communications Minister also said there was a need to start studying the needs and growth of the “Zimbabwe Corridor,” which includes Zambia and Congo.

Muthisse also noted that work was underway on the Sena Railroad to increase its capacity but added that the solution needed to take both port and rail capacity into account.

The minister said that in order to improve access to the port and Marine Services in Beira Mozambican state rail company Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique and dredging company EMODRAGA, E.P. would urgently need to dredge the port’s access channel.(macauhub/MZ)