Zim, Mozambique explore joint road infrastructure development

MINISTERS of transport from Zimbabwe and Mozambique have held a meeting to discuss issues related to joint road infrastructure upgrading and development.

The virtual meeting held this Thursday and facilitated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo discussed the development of Chicualacuala and Sango highway which links Zimbabwe and Maputo in Mozambique.

The meeting was informed that the Development Bank of Southern Africa has shown its willingness to finance the entire stretch and Zimbabwe has already signed the agreement with Mozambique yet to sign.

The two parties also underlined the importance of the Sango – Maputo route as it is a strategic alternative route to boost trade between Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Mozambique is already working on the 382-kilometre stretch, having already completed 52 kilometres of the highway using resources from the fiscus.

Zimbabwe will soon furnish Mozambique with details on public-private partnerships to chart the way forward.

The two countries also discussed the issue of a partnership to develop a vibrant railway line between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Minister Moyo also briefed his Mozambican counterpart on developments in the country, since the foiled demonstrations by some activists on the 31st of last month.