The Beira corridor is a vital access link between the port of Beira in Mozambique, and Mozambique's interior, as well as to it's neigbouring, landlocked countries of DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
TMSA is supporting development of the Beira Corridor, including modernizing road and rail transport infrastructure linking the DR Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi to the port of Beira in Mozambique. The feasibility of constructing new railway lines to link Kafue to Lion’s Den in Zimbabwe, as well as for the construction of a One Stop Border Post at Forbes / Machipanda, are being considered.
As part of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite's programme on Transport Corridors, COMESA is responsible for preparing projects on the Ehiopia-Djibouti corridor to a pre-feasibility stage. These projects will be presented at the Tripartite Infrastructure Investment Conference (TIIC) on 29-20 September 2011 in Nairobi. TMSA assisted COMESA to prepare these Project Implementation Memoranda (PIMs) for submission to the TIIC in September 2011.
The high level Tripartite and IGAD Infrastructure Investment Conference aims to extend the successes achieved in the North-South Corridor Aid for Trade Programme to other key transport corridors in the Eastern Southern Africa region, in addition to regional energy transmission interconnectors.
The governments of Angola, DR Congo and Zambia plan to develop and sign an MOU govern their cooperation on the development of the Lobito Development Corridor. The cooperation is centered on the goal to:
achieve economic growth and to foster regional integration through reliable, efficient and seamless transport infrastructure that increase competitiveness of the region;
to modernise transport infrastructure (road and railways) linking Angola, DR Congo and Zambia to the port of Lobito in Angola and
to facilitate trade and transportation through simplified and harmonised trade and transport laws, policies, regulations and standards.
TMSA is supporting the Tripartite – especially the Governments of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, to implement the MOU signed between these parties on development of the Nacala Corridor. Objectives include fostering economic growth through reliable, efficient and seamless road and rail transport infrastructure linking the DR Congo, Zambia and Malawi to the port of Nacala in Mozambique. The feasibility of establishing One Stop Border Posts (OSBP) at Mchinji/Mwami and Chiponde/Mandimba are being considered.
Following the successful North-South Corridor conference in April 2009, the Tripartite Task Force established a Trust Account to finance and implement infrastructure projects along the North-South Corridor (NSC). The Tripartite Trust Account (TTA) is a multi-donor trust account that uses grant funds to leverage commercial and concessional loans to be used to finance large infrastructure projects in the region.
The Investment Committee (IC) is the body that considers funding applications to the TTA – managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa. TMSA is in the process of establishing a Project Preparation and Implementation Unit (PPIU). The PPIU will be responsible for developing project that have been identified by the Tripartite and/or approved by the IC to a stage where the project can be considered for funding.
TMSA is also assisting in the identification and design of a portfolio of infrastructure projects and activities to be funded from the Trust Account. To date, 16 road sections along the North-South Corridor have been identified for intervention.