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Vol 52 No 5

Published 4th March 2011


Malawi

A port with no ships

The presidential dream of a navigable trade route to the sea will need more than a grand opening ceremony to make it a reality

Although it opened with much fanfare four months ago, the Nsanje World Inland Port is yet to attract a single ship. President Bingu wa Mutharika hosted the opening ceremony and attracted regional leaders such as President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Zambia’s Rupiah Banda. Conspicuous by his absence was President Armando Emílio Guebuza of Mozambique, the country whose participation is essential to the project. Guebuza was not even invited and no Mozambican official was present.

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