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Vol 54 No 24

Published 22nd November 2013


The Atlantic ports puzzle

Kinshasa cannot decide whether to develop its own outlet to the Atlantic or depend on Brazzaville. It’s all about geopolitics and special interests

Congo-Kinshasa has a small port, Matadi, while Congo-Brazzaville has a much larger one, at Pointe-Noire. The Kinshasa government needs to decide between them. There are rival views on what’s best for Congo-Kinshasa and just to complicate the picture, Angola has declared an interest in building a deep-water port north of the city of Cabinda, to free it from depending on Pointe-Noire. The century-old argument about access to the Atlantic Ocean from the Congo Basin, past the great unnavigable falls of the lower Congo River, has come to life again.

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