A deepwater harbour development has been announced in the Techobanine region, in the Matutuíne district of Mozambique’s Maputo province. The governments of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana initialed memorandums of understanding on the implementation of this tripartite project in April 2011. Mozambican Transport Minister Paulo Zucula said that the private sector has already guaranteed access to the necessary finance.
Zucula pointed out that the feasibility study has been completed and stated that he was certain that work would begin next year. The minister said that the Techobanine project comes at a time when there is a regional boom in the extractive industries, with large discoveries being prepared for exploitation. The Botswanan Minister of Transport and Communications, Frank Ramsden, said that developing an efficient transport system was central to secure rapid economic growth : “we need economic freedom, not just political freedom”. The port will also include offshore deepwater oil stations for large petro chemical vessels or VLCC’s.
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