Angola Transport Development

In January 1989 international donors pledged most of the US $94m required to finance the first phase of a 10-year programme initiated by the Southern African Development ordination Conference (SADCC, now the Southern African Deve1elopment Community -SADC) for the development of corridor.

The programme was to include the rehabilitation of ports of Lobito and Benguela, while the rehabilitation of Benguela railway was also to come under auspices. An emergency plan to restore services on the railway between Lobito and Kuito was announced, following the May 1991 cease-fire between the government an Estimated to cost $17m the project aimed to restore ices to Kuito by 1995.

Discussions were to be held World Bank in late 1992 on rehabilitation of the line from to the Zaire border, following the completion of a new study of the Lobito corridor. The World Bank subsequently $21m. in funds for the redevelopment of the Benguela In 1997 an Italian company, Tor di Vale, began a $450m.programme of repairs to the Benguela railway.Minimum repairs allowing the resumption of freight traffic were to take three years to complete, to be followed by further modernization including the reconstruction of 22 passenger stations.

Finance for the project was to come from and export of 37,000 ha of eucalyptus plantations belonging to the Benguela Railway Co, which were expected to generate revenue of as much as $500m. In April 1997 work was competed on the reconstruction of the 180-km rail link between Luanda and Dondo, in Cuanza-Norte province, which had been closed for seven years owing to the hostilities. Rehabilitation of rail link between Dondo and Malanje was proceeding in 1999.

Last Updated on Thursday 10th December 2009