Mozambique, Tanzania to be linked by railway line and Tanzania to review oil and gas contracts

September 18, 2012

Africa, International

Mozambique, Tanzania to be linked by railway line
MAPUTO– Mozambique and Tanzania will be linked by a railway line which starts from the Tanzanian town of Mtwana in the south of the country to Mozambique, via Malawi, according to the Mozambican and Tanzanian governments.
The Mozambican and Tanzanian governments said they are working together to make the project a reality as quick as possible.
The line will serve to transport people and goods between the two neighboring nations, both members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
The idea to build the railway line dates back since Mozambique achieved independence from Portugal in 1975. And the late Presidents Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Samora Machel of Mozambique had decided that the two countries must be linked through a unity bridge and a railway line, in order to foster further cooperation between Dar-Es-Salaam and Maputo.
A year ago, a unity bridge linking the two nations was already inaugurated at Negomano in the northernmost province of Tanzania by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete.
The two sides are currently working on the budget for the railway line, of which the construction work is expected to start in three years.


Population: 23,515,934 (July 2012 est.)


Population:   46,912,768 (July 2012 est.)

Maputo, Mozambique


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Video: BBC African Railway-TAZARA Railway

The People’s Republic of China funded the rail road construction to end Zambia’s economic dependence on then white ruled Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa.


Video: Tanzania to review oil and gas contracts


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