Botswana renews interest in the construction of the port of Techobanine in Mozambique

17 April 2018

Botswana is interested in reactivating the Techobanine deep-water port project in Matutuíne district, Maputo province, believing that it is a viable facility for its imports and exports, said President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi in Maputo on Monday.

The President of Botswana raised the issue of the port of Techibanine during official talks between delegations of the two countries, in which the President of Mozambique expressed a desire to see the country’s participation in the investment projects underway in the country, particularly in areas such as power production and transmission, transport and communications, tourism and agriculture, which are considered to be catalysts for regional integration.

Botswana’s Minister for Infrastructure, Science and Technology Nolofo Molefhi said at the end of the talks that a port located in that region of Maputo province was “very important” for his country and added that some of the discussions between the two delegations focused on the need to encourage private sector collaboration, “without which this project cannot be completed.”

Mozambican Foreign Minister José Pacheco spoke about the relevance the two sides gave to the Techobanine port project, noting that this is a triangular initiative between Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe. He announced that a working session had been scheduled between the three heads of state to review the mechanisms for implementing the project.

In April 2016 it was announced that an international consortium, including the China Harbor Engineering Co (CHEC), was planning a US$1 billion investment in a new port in Maputo province to serve Mozambique and neighbouring countries.

In September of that same year, the Governments of Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe signed a document to establish a partnership for the construction of a railway line extending over 1,700 kilometres through the three countries, ending in Mozambique at Techobanine Point, where a seaport would be built. (macauhub)