The government of Tanzania has invited firms to bid for a feasibility study and preliminary design of the railway line that I to be build, stretching from the Indian Ocean port of Mtwara to Lake Nyasa. The important infrastructure project will open a new gateway for landlocked Zambia, Malawi and DR Congo.
The project is crucial to the economies in the region, as it connects Tanzania’s southern port of Mtwara on the Indian Ocean to the port of Mbamba Bay on Lake Nyasa, with spurs to the Liganga and Mchuchuma iron-ore and coal deposits in the Njombe region.
In an extensive report on the latest development in the rail project, AfricanBusinessMagazine reports that the governments in the region intend to improve transport infrastructure and promote development and cross-border integration in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Until now, Dar es Salaam handles most of the port traffic for this region – the aim is to facilitate trade in southern Tanzania and the neighbouring landlocked countries. The southern region of Tanzania has high economic potential due to the discovery of mineral resources
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