Completion of the second phase of the refurbishment and modernisation of the Sena railroad, in Sofala province, is one of the priorities for 2015 in the transport and communications sector in Mozambique, according to the country’s Transport and Communications minister.
Carlos Mesquita, who was speaking at the opening of the 33rd Coordinating Council of the Ministry of Transport and Communications to be held in Vilanculos, Inhambane province, said the ministry’s priorities also included the Tete/Nacala rail corridor and the acquisition of four planes to renew the fleet of Mozambique’s airline, LAM.
The minister, cited by daily newspaper Notícias, also said the introduction of a new air route to Mocímboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado province and increased traffic to the international airport of Nacala, were also proposed by the government for this year.
The work underway on the Sena railroad will give it a transport capacity of 22 million tons of coal per year, and Mesquita also announced for 2015, the purchase of 70 passenger carriages and other rolling stock for goods transport.
The expansion of the mobile phone network, improvement, clarification and execution of regulatory and operational functions are other challenges that, according to the Minister of Transport and Communications, will be dealt with for all the different areas of the sector, and in particular road, air transport , rail and port services. (macauhub/MZ)