Mozambique and Tanzania want second bridge over the Rovuma River

9 October 2015

The governments of Mozambique and Tanzania have expressed interest in building a second bridge over the Rovuma River in order to promote trade and greater regional interconnection, the two governments said Thursday in bilateral talks in Maputo.

Restating this aim is the result of bilateral talks held between the presidents of both countries within the framework of the visit by the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, to Mozambique at the invitation of his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi.

Cited by Mozambican news agency AIM, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Baloi, who gave a summary of the talks, said infrastructure and people were the two fundamental requirements for growth and development.

“The two bridges over the Rovuma River will foster links in the region and the countries north of Tanzania will benefit from this second bridge,” said the minister, pointing out that one of the great dreams of the African Union is to have a road connection linking the Cape Town, in South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt, and “this project could make a great contribution.”

In talks between the two heads of state the keynote issue was defence and security in the area of coastal protection, cooperation in maritime borders which are the site of oil and gas reserves.

For both countries, the borders have been delimited, however oil and gas deposits do not respect artificial boundaries, hence the need for close cooperation at all levels, through the Ministries of Defence and of Mineral Resources, particularly through the Oil Institutes of both countries.

On Friday, the last day of the visit to Mozambique, Jakaya Kikwete is due to travel to Pemba, in Cabo Delgado province to meet with the Tanzanian community living there. (macauhub/MZ)