Zimbabwe, Botswana And Mozambique To Revive Railway Project

Zimbabwe and Botswana have revived talks on the construction of a railway line that will link the two countries to Mozambique. If the project succeeds, it will become one of the most important infrastructure projects in the region, as it will connect three Southern African Development Community countries.

The railway line is expected to link Francistown in Botswana, Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and the Mozambican port of Techobanine to facilitate enhanced regional trade.

In an interview with the Southern Times in Harare, Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Dr Sibusiso Moyo, said the three countries have revived dialogue over the envisaged railway line. Adding that the matter was one of the items under discussion during Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s state visit to Botswana last week.

Moyo said the three countries are now working on timelines to facilitate implementation of the project, and that the three countries’ governments, as well as private partners, are expected to provide funding for the project.

In 2016, the three countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the project. According to that MoU, each country is expected to provide US$200 million towards the cost of the project, with the rest of the work to be done through public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Upon completion, the venture will facilitate inter-regional trade through the movement of passenger rail traffic and up to 12 million tonnes of goods per annum through the three countries.


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08 November 2017
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