Landlocked countries such as Malawi stand to benefit from the newly rehabilitated Nacala Port in Eastern Mozambique.
Through the rehabilitated port, landlocked countries such as Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to benefit from from a seamless transportation of goods as the company that manages the new Nacala Port (CFM) promises to make it more efficient, competitive and market-oriented.
The Chakwera administration has stepped up projects to recap the transport sector in Malawi and augurs well with the rehabilitation of Nacala Port. Currently, Malawi’s rail system is under rehabilitation all aimed at helping the private sector and individual business persons import their goods without hurdles.
Before rehabilitation, the old Nacala Port used to handle 100 thousand – 20 feet containers only but after the rehabilitation works, the new Nacala Port can now take up to 250 thousand 20 feet containers. According to CFM, the new port has been designed to integrate the SADC Region because it provides a rail link to countries such as Malawi.
In 2017, when the African Development Bank provided $300 million for Mozambique to commence the project, it was said to be one of Africa’s largest infrastructure schemes.
According to the programme, President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi and President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia are expected to be officially present during the inauguration ceremony.
Reported by Isaac Jali.
File Photo: a ship offloads containers at Nacala Port