Zambia and Botswana launch bid to bridge Zambezi


The Zambian and Botswana governments have launched a joint bid to construct a bridge across the Zambezi River at Kazungula.

Currently there is only a ferry at the border crossing which is severely limiting the amount of trade that could travel along the north south corridor. With the construction of the bridge, not only will Zambia and Botswana benefit in improved trade but around eight Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries will benefit.

The north south corridor will also open up a direct route from the landlocked countries to the port of Durban in South Africa.

The new Kazungula Bridge will cost around $260 million to build and will span 930 metres. Currently Zambia has secured a loan of $80 million from the African Development Bank, Botswana is expected to part finance and the balance is being negotiated with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

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