The Nacala Road Corridor Development project is a joint project between the countries of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. It seeks to develop a transport infrastructure that links the Indian Ocean Port of Nacala in Mozambique to Malawi, and through Malawi into Zambia and beyond.
The corridor starts from Nacala Port in Mozambique to the Malawi boarder town of Chiponde. Then from Chiponde to Mangochi. From Mangochi to Liwonde. From Liwonde to Balaka to Lilongwe (Western Bypass) to Mchinji and then into Zambia. (Illustrated)
Each of the three countries will develop the portion which passes through it. In Malawi the roads to be tackled under this programme are:-
- Chiponde – Mangochi: This is a 45 km road that connects Chiponde to Mangochi. Funding for this project is yet to be identified.
- Mangochi – Liwonde – This is a 75 km road between Mangochi and Liwonde. This will be tackled in the phase 4 of the project
- Lilongwe West bypass – the road has been completed.
Phase 4 of the project will involve rehabilitation of the Mangochi-Liwonde road and construction and establishment of (2) one-stop-boarder-posts (OSBP) between Malawi and Mozambique at Chiponde and between Malawi and Zambia at Mchinji.
The project will be financed through a loan from the African Development Bank.
At the moment the project’s designs are under review.
It is estimated that the project will take 48 months from 2015.