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Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:27 - Updated Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:26

Minister Augusto Tomás witnesses arrival of manganese to Luau

Luanda - Angolan Transport minister Augusto da Silva Tomás Monday afternoon went to Luau municipality eastern Moxico province where he witnesses the arrival of the inaugural train carrying 50 manganese containers from the Kisenge mining region, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Minister of Transports, Augusto Tomás, on his way to Moxico (File)

Photo: Pedro Parente

This shipment, the first one in 34 years from Benguela Railway (CFB) resumes the circulation of international rail traffic, and is expected not to be confined to the DRC, but to other countries in the region, taking into account the connection with the Port of Lobito in Benguela.

The Congolese Minister of Transport, Brain Mashimba, and the provincial governor of Moxico, Manuel Gonçalves Muadumba, and other individuals are also participating in the ceremony.

In November 2017, the CFB and the Congo National Railways Society signed a commercial agreement in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which established the terms of joint use of the railway.

The CFB has a length of 1,344 kilometers connecting Lobito Port, on the Atlantic coast, to Luau municipality, Moxico province, and in the eastern part of the country to the rail systems of the DRC and the Republic of Zambia.

With the connection with Zambia it is possible to reach the city of Beira in Mozambique and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Indian Ocean.

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