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Government Wants Rapid Duplication of the Rail Line to Boost Rail Transport Performance

Government Wants Rapid Duplication of the Rail Line to Boost Rail Transport Performance

The Company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) is expected to speed up the pace of work on the duplication of the Ressano Garcia railway line, which links Maputo to the border region of Moamba, in order to raise the performance of rail freight transport in the Maputo Corridor.

The work, which began last year, includes construction of a second line from Matola-Gare, in Matola municipality, to the Secogene region in Moamba.

The challenge was launched this Monday, March 20th, in Maputo, by the Prime Minister, Adriano Maleiane, at the swearing in ceremony of the new president of CFM’s Board of Directors, Agostinho Langa.

The Prime Minister believes that the newly appointed should put in his priorities the rehabilitation works of the Machipanda railway, so that it can capture more railway cargo to and from Zimbabwe and other countries that use the Beira port, as well as the conclusion of the resumption of railway transport with Malawi, through the Mutarara-Vila Nova da Fronteira branch line.

According to Adriano Maleiane, the Executive wants to see the acquisition of more rolling stock, namely locomotives, wagons and carriages to strengthen the company’s capacity to transport people and goods.

“We believe that the implementation of these and other actions will contribute to ensure the continued economic and social development of Mozambique and the countries of the Southern African Development Community,” said the governor, quoted by the newspaper Noticias.

According to Adriano Maleiane, in the governmental action, the transport sector is one of the priorities because it is one of the main vectors of dynamization and diversification of the economy.

“It is in this scope that the Government has been betting on the expansion and modernization of the rail-port, airport and transport logistics infrastructures, in order to establish a greater connectivity of the country and, consequently, allow the reduction of transport costs, facilitate trade and the circulation of people,” he said.

The governor explained that CFM’s new manager takes office at a time when the company is implementing a vast program of rehabilitation, expansion, and modernization of its rail and maritime infrastructures to meet the growing demand for rail and maritime transport in the country and the region.

Diário Económico


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