Southern Africa: SADC Recognises Role of Mozambique Transport Corridors

Gaberone – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Wednesday recognised the role played by Mozambique, ever since the creation of the regional body, in the promotion of development corridors.

The SADC Executive Secretary, Stergomena Lawrence Tax, expressed this recognition during Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi’s visit to the SADC headqaters in Gaborone, at the end of his state visit to Botswana.

Tax said that the development corridors, particularly the Maputo Corridor in the south, have been making an enormous contribution to the circulation of people and goods. This impact had been driven by the introduction of an Integrated Electronic Payment System in SADC, an initiative which has helped reduce transaction costs.

The system, known by the acronym SIRESS, is intended to facilitate cross border trade in the SADC region. Tax said that with the new system, goods are cleared in just 24 hours, rather than up to seven days as happened in the past.

The SADC director for finance, investments and customs, Sadwick Mtonakuthe, also stressed Mozambique’s key role in regional transport, noting that in the early years of the organization Mozambique had successfully coordinated the transport and communications sectors.

SADC’s current strategy of corridors was also formulated in this period, and the Mozambican government showed exemplary leadership in the corridors and in spatial development initiatives, as strategic instruments for regional development and integration, said Mtonakuthe.

Source: Angola Press News Agency