Mozambique sends message to Zimbabwe on construction of waterway

16:44, October 29, 2010      

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Mozambican President Armando Geu- buza's special envoy Paulo Zucula has paid a courtesy call on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to deliver a special message on the proposed Shire-Zambezi Waterway, The Herald said on Friday.

The waterway is a joint project between Zimbabwe Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

"I brought a special message from President Geubuza to President Mugabe regarding the Shire-Zambezi Waterway. We are currently carrying out feasibility studies and it requires about 3, 5 million U.S. dollars. We have approached a number of institutions for assistance," said Zucula, who is Mozambique's Minister of Transport and Communication.

The Shire-Zambezi Waterway entails construction of a world inland free port that will provide a direct route between Nsanje in southern Malawi and the port of Chinde in Mozambique. The harbour will have a minimum lifespan of 50 years when complete and has been designed to handle different types of vessels with a carrying capacity of up to 48 containers of 20 feet each.

It is expected to handle 10,000 containers annually. The project will significantly reduce transport costs for imports and create other business opportunities.

Last week, Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika officially opened the Nsanje World Inland Port at a ceremony that President Mugabe and other leaders attended.

Mozambique has reportedly had some reservations about the mechanics of establishing the waterway and the special envoy is believed to have communicated some of these concerns to President Mugabe on Thursday.

Mozambique expressed support for the broad principles and goals of the alternative, but proposed alternative ways of managing and implementing it.

Source: Xinhua


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