Malawi - Multinational Nacala road corridor development project Phase V (AFDB-P-Z1-DB0-202)

  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Zambia
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Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 19, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
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  • Infrastructure
  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 36.86 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Sep 10, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the proposed project is Phase V of the on-going Multinational Nacala Road Corridor Development Project in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. This project will therefore complement the economic benefits of the on-going projects along the Nacala Road Corridor. The target area is the entire Nacala Road Corridor from Lusaka in Zambia through Malawi and Mozambique to the Nacala Port. The project falls within the overall vision of SADC and has been endorsed by SADC member states at the highest level of summit. It is in line with the regional integration and development program of SADC, which is guided by the SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan and the revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (2015-2020). The project involves rehabilitation of Nsipe-Liwonde Road and construction of an OSBP between Malawi and Mozambique at Chiponde/Mandimba border post. The total cost estimate is UA 45.289 million. The project shall be implemented over a period of 5 years starting in July 2019 and ending in June 2024.

The development objective of the project is to contribute to regional integration and trade facilitation for Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. Specifically, the project will contribute to the reduction of transportation costs along the Nacala Road Corridor, which is expected to enhance Malawi's trade competitiveness.

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