Zimbabwe, Botswana revive multi-million dollar railway talks

New Zimbabwe President Emerson Mnangagwa (C) talks with President of Botswana Ian Khama (L) during his oath-taking ceremony at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe on November 24, 2017.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Botswana counterpart Seretse Ian Khama have revived talks on the construction of a railway line that will link the two nations to Mozambique, local online website, The Herald reports.

Once launched, the project will see a boost in infrastructure, hence enhancing trade in the region by connecting the three Southern African Development Community countries.

Since Mnangagwa took over office from Robert Mugabe, relations between Zimbabwe and Botswana have blossomed.

According to Railways Africa, the three countries signed a memorandum of understanding for the project, requiring each of them to provide $200 million towards the cost of the project. The rest of the framework will be done through public-private partnerships.