New Mpulungu harbour building needs $50 million


GOVERNMENT is scouting for almost US$50 million to start the construction of a new harbour at Mpulungu Port on Lake Tanganyika after a feasibility study is concluded this month.

Ministry of Transport and Communication permanent secretary Misheck Lungu said the grant amounting to US$47 million will be sourced from co-operating partners.

The project, being financed by African Development Bank, is envisaged to boost trade through improved water transport.
In an interview on Tuesday, Mr Lungu said the design of the port will be replicated in Burundi at the port of Bujumbura to ensure common platform along the corridor.
The study, which started in 2014, was done at a cost of US$1.48 million.
“The feasibility study on developing Mpulungu Port financed by the African Development Bank is concluding this month and this will pave way for the actual construction for the new port of Mpulungu.
“Government is on track to develop Mpulungu Harbour into a world-class port and the estimated cost for the construction is US$47 and it will take 36 months to be completed,” he said.
Mr Lungu said the port is the principle gateway for exports such as sugar and cement from Zambia and the southern corridor to the Great Lakes region.
He is optimistic that the modernisation of Mpulungu Harbour will help Government link water transport to road and railway systems to ease access to transport network.


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