Angola intends to establish a railway from its city of Lobito to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The railway line will link the two major ports reducing time and cost of transporting goods and services.
“Linking the two cities, the railway will create numerous direct and indirect job opportunities on both sides,” Sandro De Oliveira said in a speech in Dar es Salaam. Oliveira is Angola’s Ambassador to Tanzania.
The largest part of goods transportation between the two countries takes place by land. There are certain road patches that present difficulties to the users. It is mainly due to the bad state of roads especially during the rainy season.
The Angolan Ambassador was addressing Tanzanian business-people and investors. He spoke on an event marking his country’s 45th Independence Anniversary.
“The Republic of Angola is ready to carry out at least two experimental trips as soon as the logistical and institutional conditions are created. We count on Tanzania’s collaboration in this effort,” said Ambassador Oliveira.
The planned railway line from Angola would pass through Zambia to Tanzania. The Ambassador said the railway line will connect ports of Lobito and Dar es Salaam. The connection will allow the transit of goods from and to markets in America, Asia and Europe that utilize the Atlantic and Indian Oceans respectively.
He also revealed that his government is working towards the creation of a Tanzania-Angola Business Forum. The Forum’s first edition would take place in Dar es Salaam in May next year.
“Tanzania was among the first countries to open an embassy in Angola. The two nations have strong diplomatic relations but needed more exploitation of trade and investment opportunities,” Mr. Makamba Dahari said.
Mr. Makamba Dahari is the acting Director for Africa in the Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation.