Blantyre bypass road excites Chinese giant engineering firm: To ease traffic congestion

One of the biggest Chinese construction investment companies the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has expressed interest to join the government of Malawi in the construction of the Blantyre City bypass roads to ease traffic congestion in the city, especially the Limbe area in the wake of growing population of motor vehicles.

In the thick of the discussion

The Malawi delegation in discussions with Chinese investors

Malawi and Chinese investors pose for photo after the meeting

President Mutharika with CRCC’s Chairman FengChao Meng

The bypass roads have been planned off the Robert Mugabe Highway from Mthandizi into Limbe and Chigumula via Soche Hill and Manja.

The road connects several locations and passes through several districts in southern Malawi.

President Peter Mutharika launched the project in February 2018 and Phase 0ne has already has already commenced.

CRCC’s Chairman FengChao Meng disclosed his companies’ interest after meeting Malawi leader and his delegation in Beijing.

President Mutharika is in Beijing for the 2018 Forum on China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting.

FengChao and his top management told President Mutharika that his company they would like to invest in the project by financing and constructing the road.

‘‘This ambitious project will change the lives of people in Malawi. We would like to be part of the transformation of lives happening in your country’’, FengChao told President Mutharika.

In response, President Mutharika told FengChao and his delegation that his government has embarked on a robust road network up-grade project across the country to open up and connect rural communities so as to ease access to those areas and stimulate business growth.

On the Blantyre bypass road, Mutharika said the project also aims at decongesting the Blantyre CBD and making Chileka Airport easily accessible in readiness of an airport city and other developments.

Mutharika said so far most of the road projects in Malawi are being done with locally mobilised resources adding that investors intending to partner in infrastructure development in Malawi are welcome if they can demonstrate capacity to source their own financing for the projects.

‘‘Phase one of the project from Chigumula to Mpemba has already started. My government is funding it locally. However, the other phases will extend the road from Mpemba, Chileka Airport, Lunzu, Mapanga up to Zomba and Chiradzulo districts…about 187 Kilometres, so there is along-way to go, let’s hear what proposals you have’’, said Mutharika.

In his welcoming remarks President Mutharika told the Chinese delegation that Malawi has enormous investment potential.

‘‘The potential for investment in Malawi is enormous, some chose to see poverty but many with positive mind-sets see economic opportunity. Demonstrate your capacity to finance your projects and Malawi government is ready for business,” said Mutharika.

Feng Chao Meng assured President Mutharika that their company is one of China’s biggest construction companies saying they have being involved in almost 60 percent of China’s biggest construction projects ranging from railway lines, dams, Free-ways, and high raise bridges.

Railway Construction Corporation is listed on Chinese Stock Exchange with declared revenue of 629 Billion Chinese Yean as at 2016.

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Shaft Sachapandimadzi
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Shaft Sachapandimadzi

That’s good development but Mr President would you please shake the Roads Authority please please. There is a Contractor doing a sub standard asphalt work from Kameza going towards Lunzu. Aaarrr that Contractor is really damaging the road, he is making it bumpy bola angousiya I wonder what kind of supervision Roads Authority is doing. Am sure they have been corrupted to let this contractor proceed with his sub standard Asphalt overlay.

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

Look at our team comprising Old people we have entrusted to plan our future. I now agree with Chilima that we need now entrust the reign of government to young people who will be able to make long term plans for our country not these grannies.

mapuyamurupare
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mapuyamurupare

Kodi kalikonse kumangopempha abale? Zosakhala bwino konse. Pena tizinyada kuti nsewu uwu tamanga tokha ndi ndalama zamisonkho yathu. Iyayi kupempha daily? Ndalama za misonkho zimapita kuti kodi? Kukanika kulongotsola bwino ndalama zathu zomwe abale? Tizichita zinthu zina mwatonkha A Malawi. Tizikhala ndi manyazi ndi kupemphapemphaku. Ngati amasikini?

tizanka
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tizanka

Waiting for some civil society to find fault in this and go march in the streets. The devil is a liar

Samuel
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Samuel

Alindimaso akupenya

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

It will be a step in the direction if the Chinese are persuaded to partner with the government on this long outstanding but critical project. Keep knocking on their doors Mr President

chimanga Chaponda
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Please don’t give him US$145 million for that. he is just doing his work

Pita Wa Kuba
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Pita Wa Kuba

wachita kusangalala bwampini akudziwa azasusako

Jeremiah, the Prophet of Doom
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Jeremiah, the Prophet of Doom

This sounds great. Keep it up. Koma Malawi delegation mimbazo iiiiii! Cant you be temperate at once? Just eating without exercising shaaa

Girl lady
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Girl lady

kkkkkk nafwaaaaa

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

These so called investors you will cry with the! Ask other countries what is happening to their real estate markets among others. Regulate them before its too late! Ask Canada, Australia USA about asian Chinese investors.

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