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Sat, 05 May 2012 20:30 - Updated Sat, 05 May 2012 20:34

CFB to facilitate region's economic integration


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Lobito – The Angolan minister of Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomás, said  Friday in Lobito city, central Benguela province, that the full operation of trains and the connection of the Benguela Railway (CFB) with other neighbouring countries’ railway corridors will facilitate a rapid economic integration in southern Africa.

The official was addressing the seminar on "Days of happiness in public transport companies”, held in the Angolan port city of Lobito.

He on the occasion mentioned the Lobito Commercial Port and CFB as infrastructures that will help internationalise the Angolan economy.

To him, Angolans must express their full support for the Executive that he said has been doing its best to make the country progress in the various domains, especially in the transports one.

Augusto Tomás said he believes that the full operation of the CFB will boost the  socio-economic development of the regions along the so-called Lobito Corridor that groups the Angolan provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Bie and Moxico and other Southern Africa countries.

He recalled that the CFB experimental train has already reached Kuito city, central Bie province, adding that 30 kilometres of the railway are being rehabilitated to reach the capital city of eastern Moxico province (Luena).

Minister Augusto da Silva Tomas said he believes that the CFB train will be reaching Luena in August this year, before getting to the country’s eastern border locality of Luau, some 1,314 kilometres of the coast.

In his turn, the CEO of CFB, José Carlos, the equipment being used in the undertaking will enable the transportation of 20 million tonnes of goods and four million passengers per year.

He said in addition of the infrastructure, the company will be equipped with eight new locomotives, 66 coaches, 94 wagons and other means.