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Accelerating Malawi’s Economic Growth
Road net­work cov­er­age Based on infor­ma­tion con­tained in the cur­rent Five Year Strate­gic Plan, The Pub­lic Road Net­work cov­er­age by end June 2016 remained 15.451km out of which about 28% are paved and 72% is earth/gravel sur­face. Road re-clas­si­fi­ca­tion stud­ies done in 2016 iden­ti­fied about 9,478km of undes­ig­nat­ed road net­work that serve the rur­al com­mu­ni­ties. The main, sec­ondary and ter­tiary roads effec­tive­ly make up the country’s core net­work, with remain­ing roads act­ing as feed­er sys­tem. Road han­dles more than 70% on inter­nal freight and 99 of pas­sen­ger traf­fic Road trans­port han­dles more than 90% of inter­na­tion­al freight and pas­sen­ger traf­fic It is due to this large vol­ume of inter­nal freight and pas­sen­ger traf­fic that Malawi Gov­ern­ment has giv­en high pri­or­i­ty to main­te­nance and con­struc­tion of roads in Malawi. It is actu­al­ly esti­mat­ed that 55% of the costs of pro­duc­tion are tak­en up by trans­porta­tion costs in Malawi com­pared to 17% of oth­er devel­op­ing coun­tries. The con­di­tion of paved road net­work as at June 2014 is 38% good, 40% fair and 22% poor.