By Cedric Nkungula
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera travels to Mozambique on Thursday where among others, he is expected to preside over the launch of the much-anticipated Mozambique-Malawi power Interconnection project.
A statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Tuesday says while in Mozambique, Chakwera will also visit the port of Nacala and hold bilateral talks with Mozambican leader Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.
Further details about the trip will be released later, adds the statement.
The Mozambique-Malawi power Interconnection project aims at establishing a transmission link to meet increasing electricity power demand in the country.
The Governments of Mozambique and Malawi agreed in 2013 to interconnect their power systems with the objective to contribute to the interconnection of the Malawian electrical network to the Southern African Power Pool.
The project involves the construction of a 218 kilometer 400 KV voltage alternating current transmission line from Matambo in Tete Province in central Mozambique, past the Malawian boarder in Mwanza to Phombeya in Balaka.
The World Bank, the German Bank KfW and the European Bank have shouldered a cost of $154 million in their bid to build a new Malawi that is self-reliant and inclusively wealthy as enshrined in the Malawi 2063 vision.