The restoration of Angola’s Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), the country’s longest railway has been completed, and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014. The China Railway Construction company, one of China’s biggest construction companies, has been working on the 100 year old line, which stretches from the port of Lobito in the south of the country to Angola’s eastern border with the DRC. It has 67 stations along the 1,344 km route. It is hoped that the line will be linked with the railway system in the DRC, allowing an easier flow of goods from the DRC to the coast. The development should also increase trade for inland agricultural areas. Despite the railway providing a boost for the economy, there are already concerns about the sustainability of the line, and the possibility of privatisation is being floated.
Source: Angola Monitor Issue 4/14
The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).
This issue covers:
Political News: State of the Nation; Census figures announced; Local government elections delayed; Falling oil prices reduce public spending; Angola elected to UN Security Council; Luanda gets new governor.
Economic News: Angola set to become largest oil producer in sub Saharan Africa; US regulator may bring charges over alleged oil corruption; Government reduces fuel subsidies; Major telecommunication upgrade announced; National airline TAAG enters partnership with Emirates; Government bond rating upgraded.
Human Rights News: Amnesty International accuse government of demonstration ban; Final refugees returning to Angola; NGOs call on SADC to address human rights violations; Government claims it respects free speech and the right to protest.
Aid and Development News: Redevelopment of Angola’s largest railway complete; European Union invests 20 million Euros in landmine clearing; Drought response receives support from Japan.
This issue is also available in Portuguese.
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