Zambia signs a deal for railway construction connecting to Port of Nacala

On the 8th of December 2016 Zambia signed an agreement for the construction of a new railway project with a Chinese state-run firm, which will enhance transportation in Southern African.The 388-kilometer railway will run from the eastern town of Chipata to the central town of Serenje and will be constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).

The aim of the project is to enhance regional trade and transport competitiveness by providing an alternative trade route to the East Coast of Africa via the Port of Nacala in Mozambique.

The project will provide the much-needed link between the Zambian main railway line network and the Malawian railway line network through the existing Chipata-Mchinji railway line, which forms part of the Nacala Corridor. It will also enhance regional and international trade through the Nacala Development Corridor, which involves Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.