Mpulungu Harbour Corporation Limited manager Davis Kaluba told ZANIS in Mpulungu yesterday that much is expected to happen at the harbour following the signing of the financing agreement between Government and AfDB.
Mr Kaluba said consultants are already in Mpulungu to do detailed engineering designs and feasibility studies at the harbour.
Mr Kaluba is optimistic that the harbour would massively contribute to the country’s economy once Government fully develops it into an international standard port.
He also said Zambia Sugar plc has indicated its intentions to increase its trade volume of sugar exports into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and Tanzania.
He also said Zambia Sugar Plc plans to increase its sugar exports to the Great Lakes Region from 4,500 tonnes per month to about 8,000 tonnes.
Mr Kaluba said the harbour has continued to receive overwhelming support from Government to boost its operations.
He said Government has so far procured two fork-lifters from the Eurobond proceeds to make loading of goods easier.
Mr Kaluba also dispelled assertions by some sections of society that the harbour is on the verge of collapse.
He said to the contrary, the port is operating normally and is geared for greater achievements.
He said Mpulungu Harbour has over the years enjoyed competitive advantage over other ports in the region because of the good road network leading to the port and its proximity to the Tanzania-Zambia Railways (TAZARA) through Nseluka in Kasama.