The African Development Fund (ADF) will provide funding of US$4.9 million for a study to upgrade Angola’s transport plan, including the connection of the national rail network to Zambia, according to an Angolan presidential order.
The order approves the financing agreement for a study of the update of the Master Plan for the Transport Sector, signed by the Republic of Angola and the ADF.
The project aims to draw up a strategy and policy for the national transport network “as well as conduct a preliminary feasibility study on the rail link between Benguela railroad and Zambia.
Reconstruction of the Angolan railways, destroyed by civil war, between 2005 and 2015, cost about US$3.5 billion, as announced on 14 February by the Angolan Transport Minister, Augusto da Silva Tomás.
Reconstruction of the three railways, built during the colonial period – Benguela, Luanda and Moçâmedes – involved 2,612 kilometres of network and the construction of 151 railway stations