Malawi to benefit from Chinese-funded sea port

Malawi has been earmarked as one of the six regional landlocked countries to benefit from the construction of a major Chinese-funded sea port next year in Tanzania a development that will make the country have an alternative port for its imports and exports.

Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands during a signing ceremony in Beijing on October 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Takaki Yajima)

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands during a signing ceremony in Beijing on October 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Takaki Yajima)

The other countries to benift from the project are Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

The planned Indian Ocean port at the small town of Bagamoyo is some 75 kilometres (45 miles) north of Tanzania’s economic capital and main port Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania has signed deals for the port with China Merchant Holding International and Oman’s State General Reserve Fund.

Malawi’s State House press office issued a statement to tout the port  following the signing of deals in China, where Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete visited Sunday.

The statement says the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kikwete signed the investment deals worth more than $1.7 billion (K850 billion), including one to build a satellite city to ease congestion in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam-deepening Beijing’s ties with East Africa.

Kikwete said during the signing the deal in Beijing that the money will also be used to develop infrastructure, power distribution and business cooperation.

He said the construction would start in July.

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38 thoughts on “Malawi to benefit from Chinese-funded sea port”

  1. popapo says:

    Mtwara Corridor is the answer not Nsanje Corridor imvani chonde !

  2. TRUCK says:

    The Chinese are good they can do any work but you must control them very strictly otherwise their work its disaster.

  3. Exportnoimport says:

    These Chinese locusts are only building this port because they need a larger port under their control to ship out all the stuff they are stealing out of Africa.. our minerals, trees, ivory, plants, food. So while our corrupt African politicians take their blood money, the rest of the people will be left with nothing and our homeland stripped bare like chicken bones.

  4. Johnson says:

    Zaukape basi tz n mw zikugwilizana bwanji

  5. Nanchyenkwa says:

    Nacara port is the best for Malawi and Beila

  6. Shepherrd says:

    Wasting time with Tanzania. I prefer Mozambique. We shoudn’t have bn even mentioned in that article. How long will it take for Malawi to realize that Mozambique is our future. Think of electricity and ports

  7. Phili says:

    Nanga osakamba za nsanje bwanji ?

  8. Headline yake kukhala ngati Port yo ndiya Malawi bwanji? -this is 100% Tanzanian Port dzina la MW chotsanipo
    Mr President pangani ubale wabwino ndi Mozambique to facilitate Nsanje Inland Port
    Ngati Gebuza akufuna kumunyambita kuphazi nyambitieni basi kusiyana ndima rubbish a Port Tanzania wa_

  9. wellington chirombo says:

    can our president carefully read this shit and give us a comment? we are malawians and not tanzanians. are you free to relax in someones house than your own house? i mean can you play your favourate music in your neighbour’s house/sittingroom and ask your wife/husband to watch you the way you can do in your own and expect real entertainment? that one is for tanzanians and not malawians. is it going to be duty free for the countries mentioned apart from tz? let them finish our own nsanje port and put it to a functional state, then we can call it our benefit.
    lets wake up my fellow malawians abale!
    inunso anyasa, ‘kodi kwanu nkulemba basi?’ give us real ones and not like this pliz. palibepo chathu apa! mxiuw

  10. amfumu says:

    As for Malawi,it will only benefit if Tanzania gets half of our lake.If we fight,forget it.Beira and Nacala basi

  11. EAGLE'S NEST says:

    THE SLUB BUILT BY MOTA ENGIL AND BINGU IS A SIGN OF GREED.ARROGANCE. MOTA ENGIL SHUD ACCOUNT 4 ITS WHITE ELEPHANT.BY DE WAY WAS IT TAX PAYER MONEY OR NOT?.THIS WHITE ELEPHANT IS FIT ONLY FOR FISHING AND WASHING NAPPIES ABOVE THE CROCODILE LINE.MOTA ENGIL WHITE ELEPHANT

  12. NYIKA ANALYST says:

    MALAWI SHUD FOGET ABOUT NSANJE INLAND PORT.I REPEAT FOGET.BINGU WAS SUROUNDED BY YES BWANAS AND EVEN OPOSITION IN PARLIAMENT WAS ONLY INTERESTED IN PERKS FOR THEIR FAMILIES.MOTA ENGIL HAD OWN INTERESTS.HOW DO U BUILD INLAND PORT WHTHOUT FEASIBILITY STUDY?WHO WAS DE PROJECT MONEY JAR.SORY- PROJECT MONEY JAR.LOOK NOW I HAV 4GOTEN SPELIN OF PROJECT MONEY JAR; U PEOPLE.

  13. NYIKA ANALYST says:

    IS DIS WHAT DEY CHEAT AT MALAWI INSTITUTE JOUNAL- MIJ??!!DO U KNOW GEOGRAPHY? I SHAL NOT SEND CILD TO MIJ

  14. peter says:

    Mr President may you please inform the nation about the Nsanje Port? What is the progress? If you fail to convince us surely we shall go to the street to demend the resources that were spent during your brother,s reign. JB was slowly but sure what she was doing to the country. But since you were illigitimly elected you have never even in a single day say anything on this issue. Please Malawians let us demend this government to explain the current status of the matter.

  15. Bongololo says:

    That’s why Malawi needs a railway from Dar Ess Salaam traversing the northern districsts of Karonga and Rumphi before finally connecting to the beautiful city of Mzuzu. Now that I’ve said that the north needs a railway for the benefit of Malawi the country, I can’t wait to hear the Chewas, Yaos, and Lomwes squeal like a bunch of hogs!

  16. jupiter says:

    Za CHAAAAAAAAMBA eti? Tsopano zathu zija mmatitukwana nazozi nde zili pati.kapena ndiyo njira mwaipeza yoperekera. Nyanja?

  17. Blessed Banda says:

    Bagamoyo is far north of Dar es salaam. That increses the distance from Malawi to the port compared to the current Dar es salaam where Malawi Cargo is. So is this a befit. Take not of the number ofoadblocks you will have to pass through with TZ police asking for soda, the incresed fuel & tear and wear of freight vehicles. I have been to Bagamoyo, a historical place where David Livingstone met the Arabs. This was a sea port for slave trade. That aside. The increased distance is not a befit at all.

  18. S.Gwazeni says:

    Taonani ukuti tidikile za aneba tayiwala za m’sanje port,zikutikhudza chani pamenepa.ndalama zakunjaso tilibe zokwanila, m’bale wako akakhala oyimba bwino iweso suti ungayimbe bwino

  19. CITIZEN X says:

    SO CHINA GAVE US $25M FOR DEVELOPMENT AND OUR FRIENDS IN TANZANIA GET $1.7B. WOW LOOKS LIKE WE ONLY GET SHORT CHANGE FROM THESE DONORS HA. WHY AMAZIWA KUTI TILIBE NZELU, A NATION OF FOOLS BASI. NOW LETS WAIT AND SEE THE FUCKED UP DEALS THIS GOVT WILL MAKE FOR US ON THE OIL/MINING DEALS.

  20. Mtupatupa says:

    Bingu once travelled to inogurate port of Chindi in Moz / Tanzania, it was much touted as of great importance, but since its inoguration with ali allowances paid to the president and his entorage, i have heard nothing so far just as is the Chiradzulo- Migowi- Chiringa Road which was also inogurated by the late President aswel.

  21. mpopoma says:

    If it is nakala port then we will benefit because will collect our goods from chilumba .osati za nsanje port where feasibility study has failed. Chamba APM

  22. Mwenecho says:

    couting eggs b4 they hatch politicians r destroying the country kuba

  23. Rehab says:

    I see no any reason of botherin 2 put this article here..stop being proud of other’s developments! I thought that u would write about Nsanje inland port! What a shameful & stupid article.

  24. Uyu Kape says:

    Foolish Nyika republic reporter, Nyika republic not Malawi will benefit from this port. Nyanje port would have beneffited Malawians.

  25. Patriot says:

    Nanga Nsanje inland port ziri pati? kkkkkkk
    sankati akazawina azakwera ndege kukatsegulira nsanje inland port?
    Asena nakopeka namuvotera.
    Asena ndi Mbuzi mapeto, I repeat all sena’s who voted for this incompetent man are Goats.

  26. nkunthamasese says:

    The Nsanje sand filled port was already officially opened have you forgotten? you go there you ‘ll find big ships and boats loading and offloading cargo. Hehedeeeeeee!!!!!!koma ku Malawi ziriko.

  27. nkunthamasese says:

    The Nsanje sand filled port was already offically opened have you forgotten? you go there you ‘ll find big ships and boat loading and offloading cargo. Hehedeeeeeee!!!!!!koma ku Malawi ziriko.

  28. Peter Muthanyula says:

    As for Malawi, we are busy constructing footpaths (disguised as roads) in the middle of the City Centre in Lilongwe. Dunderheads we really are!

  29. Charter says:

    I don’t see how Malawi benefits. Its either that the deal is blunt or the reporter of this article is. Beware of the leven of China.

  30. chingolopiyo says:

    What benefit will Malawi have from this port Mr Reporter? Is there any difference with the current use of Dar -es salaam port? Are you talking of distance benefit or what? Is Malawi and other countries you have mentioned use the port for free? Please tell us the benefit as far as I can see its Tanzania that will benefit because it will bring more money to them, employment to them and benefit with the city as well.

    1. Kanonono says:

      The reporter is ignorant of the issue. He has just rushed into writing without doing his own homework. A landlocked country can always benefit from any port in a neighboring port country. It doesn’t matter whether the port is in Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Beira, Mtwara or Cape Town. In fact, Dar es Salaam is just very close to Bagamoyo to the extent that I wonder why this should make news in Malawi. Using Bagamoyo will not reduce costs to Malawian transporters in any way. A difference of 60 Kilometers cannot make any meaningful benefit to a country that is far from the port area like Malawi. If Malawians were clever enough to benefit from Tanzania’s closeness to the sea, the most viable option would be Muluzi’s Mtwara Corridor. Instead of driving the entire 1,500Km from Lilongwe to Dar es Salaam, one in Malawi would only be required to go as far as Nkhata-Bay and wait for ships to bring in consignments from Tanzania’s Mbamba-Bay point. Malawi would only be required to contribute towards the opening up of the 800Km that link Mbamba-Bay to the sea via Mtwara Port. That was the vision that Bakili Muluzi and Benjamin Mkapa had in mind then. The money that has been spent on the so called Nsanje Port would be more than enough for Malawi to see the true benefits of partnering with a port country. Bagamoyo will have no meaningful impact to Malawians and it is shame that the reporter does not know this.

      1. Tamara says:

        The report is bare. Both your comments are bare. There are certain things that you should know about ports before you draw conclusions. This Bagamoyo is going to be the second largest port in Africa, after Durban. This means that large ships will be able to dock at the port. Currently because the berth at Dar es Salaam is not big enough, large ships are unable to dock there and instead take Dar destined cargo to Durban and they are then shipped in smaller cargo to Dar port. This means extra cost. Bagamoyo will benefit Malawi and other countries very much. You can’t even compare Mtwara to Bagamoyo. The sea depth at Mtwara is low therefore the port at Mtwara can not be big. It will benefit Malawi but Malawi will still need a bigger port such as Dar and Bagamoyo. Mwamva abale wanga kodi?

        1. chingolopiyo says:

          Tamara,surely your comment is bare. What has the docking of large ships has to benefit Malawians. In your high knowledge how many malawians do import or export big cargos, apart from a few companies which export tobacco, tea and sugar. You mean importing a second used car from Japan as a benefit.

          1. Sibweni says:

            I am impressed by your discourse, Tamar and Chingolopio. But Mtwara is my take. Next…

          2. Kanonono says:

            I don’t think Tamara does understand what she is talking about. A poor country like Malawi does not need ships of the size that she/he is talking about. Tamara might be underestimating Malawi’s poverty. She/he might not be aware that Malawi’s economy of about USD8 billion does not need the ships of the size of those that Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique need. Tamara may not even ascertain the value of Malawi’s imports/exports that come in large consignments such that they may require the huge ships that she is talking about. Reading from the internet that Bagamoyo will be second largest port in Africa does not make you an expert on the subject. The issue is about closeness/proximity and not the size of the port. When the Mtwara Corridor was being promoted, Muluzi and Mkapa were aware of the requirements that would make the port meaningful to Malawi and the entire Southern part of Tanzania. They knew how much it would cost them to do what they were up to. Unfortunately, in a country where everyone who comes to power wants to show that he/she is in control, sustainability of past projects has always been a challenge. That is how Malawi ends up with white elephants like the Nsanje thing.

  31. Mocha says:

    Nde za Nsanje in-land port zilipobe apa? aMalawi imangodyeledwa masuko pamutu chifukwa cha uchitsilu ndi dyela. What a worth country full of losers.

    1. nkhedu says:

      I wanted to ask the same question as well.That slub so called port is where the brother of mr ibu got very rich.by the way akuti tidikire 2019 za nsanje port pano tiwone za ku TZ.

      1. Agoloso says:

        Very true. Malawians, we are so trusting to the point of foolishness. Peter amalankhula atakwela pa chulu za Nsanje port, lake Malawi wrangle with TZ. pano kuli ziii.

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