(2015-07-21) Mozambique needs to modernise its ports and the railways to take advantage of the strategic location of the country, with direct access to the Indian Ocean, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita said Friday.
The minister, who was speaking during the celebrations of the 120th anniversary of Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), said that the required modernisation would make the country more competitive, simultaneously contributing to economic growth in the region, in which Mozambique has a prime location.
“The government gave CFM the responsibility of the handling and transport of goods to and from landlocked countries,” added Mesquita, pointing, for example, to the challenges that the company has in the implementation and maintenance of projects such as the Northern Corridor, a railroad linking Moatize to Nacala-a-Velha, via Malawi.
At the same ceremony, the president of CFM, Victor Pedro Gomes, highlighted the strategic position of Mozambique in Southern Africa, saying the ports and the railways were ideal for transporting goods, compared to the country’s current situation in which 90 percent of all heavy loads transported by road.
The former Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique started operating in 1895, at the time under Portuguese colonial rule, and linked the then Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) to South Africa.
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