President Rupaih Banda speaking to Maputo City Governor Lucia Hama at national monument after laying wreath.

President Rupiah Banda has said the port of Beira in Mozambique is key towards Zambia’s process of expanding her business through imports and exports.

President Banda said the port of Beira provides Zambia with the shortest sea route as compared to Durban, Cape Town East London in South Africa and Dar- Es- Salaam in Tanzania.

He said Zambia was exploring shorter ways to the sea coast because of her determination to expand business relations with other countries.

ZANIS reports from Mozambique that President Banda was speaking in Beira, Mozambique yesterday where he went to tour facilities at the port of Beira.

“We have already agreed as presidents of the two countries that it is our duty to ensure that everyone is involved in ensuring that these agreements are not only on paper. We really want to expand our business and Beira is our key to all this,” he said.

Yesterday, Zambia and Mozambique signed eight legal instruments, among them an agreement on communications and transport and a Memorandum of Understanding to establish ties of cooperation between chambers of commerce in the two countries.

The President said his visit to Mozambique was a demonstration of his Government’s commitment to expanding business relations with other countries.

He said there was need for leaders of the two neighbouring countries to expose themselves to some facilities that can boost economic growth in the region.

Mr. Banda said once the leaders of the two countries were exposed to such facilities, it would be easy for their citizens to appreciate their efforts of economically developing these nations through expanding business.

President Banda meanwhile noted that many Zambian citizens were ignorant of the port of Beira and what it could offer.

He has since challenged the media in both countries to help publicise the Beira port for the public to understand its potentials.

And speaking at the same occasion, Minister of Communications and Transport, Geoffrey Lungwangwa, disclosed that the Zambian government was contemplating building a rail line from Kafue in Zambia to Lions’ Den in Zimbabwe.

Professor Lungwangwa said the line will link Zambia to the port of Beira through Lions’ Den in Zimbabwe.

He said despite passing through Zimbabwe, the rail line will be the shortest route to the sea for Zambia.

He added that in future, the Chipata-Mchinji rail line may be extended to Tete in Mozambique.

Presisdent Banda is in Mozambique for a three day state visit.

ZANIS

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15 COMMENTS

  1. What is that Chipata Mayor RB doing in Maputo? What a worst of job of president. That interim husband of Thadiwe is running away from issues, Icililo mwabutuka kale bashika, just go back and cause another death of a Minister.

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  2. # 1 – 3….LoL..!.., funny!

    …..This is a positive statement by the presido bearing in mind that he’s in a hurry to develop Zambia. And he certainly needs to justify why he’s always top of the guest list in the SADC region.!

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  3. On a serious note, Zambia will be the only country to benefit from using any port in Mozambique, as Zimbabwe to the south is equidistance for Zimbabwe or Malawi. This will be the same Tika of Kazungula Bridge where Zimbabwe had no use for it and Botswana equally concentrates on trade with RSA. Namibia already has her own port and Angola in the west is an upstart country with new found wealth! As for our very northern neighbour, they showed their true colours when Zambia built the Pedicle Road- they (Congo) said rightly that they had no use for it as it only benefited Zambia!

    As for doing the mayor, I’m afraid Thandie Newton was also staring!

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  4. Yahhh koma ama bloggers mwalipena! Ati kula pitana fye na ko ka missus, red lips Kunda kuti achankwila! Another one ati tabwima, yaahhh ha ha ah!

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  5. So Goerge Kunda ni kalapashe uyu? How do you know imwe #11? Nga ku Swaziland, balikwata umwana ba RB?

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  6. thats a great move. for that i want to thank the govt .moz will indeed provide the shortest route .durban is far and you go thru zim,with there stupid paperwork .tanzania is also far

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  7. Excuse me but, there’s no passion nor expertise for business in zambia.Many businesses turned over to foreign control prove it.How on earth do you expand when failing?Until zambian businesses start doing well in zambia,have subsidiaries in african countries and diversify then talk of expansion is a pipe dream.

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  8. please Mr.Persident i was recently in Zambia,travel all the way from Namibia. I like y’r country beautiful people. we pay alot of bordercharges to enter zambia alot. but the roads is very very bad, from Lusaka down to the other towns. Kabwe,Kitwe,Ndola,chillabombwe. can u please to something about it, it is an urgent cry we nearly,nearly happend to be in a serious accident. the POTHOLES please. hw many tourist is not coming to Zambia and pay bordercharges pday? And the borderpost which close at six.i’m not in favor with that. we had to sleep in the bush,was not prepare for it,with our childrn.Make the country more friendly to visitors.Thank you. God bless you.

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