By Patricia Kapulula MANA
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says the rehabilitated, expanded and upgraded port of Nacala in Mozambique will facilitate faster movement of goods that the country needs most such as fuel and fertilizer.
He was speaking Saturday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) upon his arrival from Nacala, Mozambique where he attended the inauguration of the port of Nacala.
He said the port will not only help Malawi but also other countries such as Zambia whose goods will be passing through the Nacala corridor.
“President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique has assured us that now Malawi has a stand-alone port that can facilitate movement of goods and services.
“We are grateful that these things have been put on paper, signed by all of us and an office dedicated to ensure that facilitation of such transportation is done. This is the integration that we are talking about in terms of infrastructure development,” said Chakwera.
As a landlocked country, Malawi faces various transportation challenges that distort prices of goods and services.
The launch of the upgraded port of Nacala adds to the various initiatives Malawi Government is undertaking to address the systematic economic challenges the country is facing.
The port of Nacala was established in 1951.