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Botswana to share construction costs of port in Mozambique

SHARE   |   Thursday, 26 May 2016   |   By Macauhub/mz
Botswana to share construction costs of port in Mozambique

Botswana wants the Techobanine port construction project to be re-launched as the project will make Botswana’s world trade easier, a Botswana government official said this week in Maputo. Eric Molela, Minister of the Presidency for Social Affairs and Public Administration of Botswana, recalled that his country has no direct access to the sea and thus has greater difficulties in its relationship with trading partners overseas. The construction project of the natural port of Techobanine in the Matutuíne district of Maputo province, includes construction of a 2,000-kilometre railway linking Mozambique and Botswana, passing through Zimbabwe. The minister told daily newspaper Noticias that his country is willing to share construction costs of both the port and the railway with Mozambique and Zimbabwe and added “we now have to agree on the participation of each country in the total costs.” The Minister of the Presidency for Social Affairs and Public Administration was part of the official delegation accompanying the President of Botswana, Seretse Ian Khama, during a state visit to Mozambique. (macauhub/MZ)