World Bank, Engineers Hail APM For Launching Masterplan To Revamp Malawi Transport Sector

President Peter Mutharika launches the National Transport Master Plan 2017 – 2037 at Bingu International Convention Centre on Thursday (C) Stanley Makuti
President Peter Mutharika launches the National Transport Master Plan 2017 – 2037 at Bingu International Convention Centre on Thursday (C) Stanley Makuti[/caption]President Professor Peter Mutharika on Thursday launched a revolutionary infrastructure development with a National Transport Master Plan (NTMP) aimed at guiding the development of the transport sector in roads, ships and airports to be implemented from 2017 – 2037.

Mutharika said a robust transport network is key to the development of Malawi and said his government will make improvements in all modes of transport in order to bring in efficiencies that will translate into reduced transport costs.

The masterplan which was developed with funding from the World Bank provides a framework for delivering sustainable interventions on multi-mode transport network across Malawi.

Cross section of Cabinet Ministers and Government officials present at the launch (C) Stanley Makuti
“I want this country to have an organized transport system. That is why in 2016 I commissioned the formation of the Malawi National Transport Master Plan.
“The master plan will ensure coordination of the infrastructure projects which we have started implementing in the country,” said Mutharika.

Also, it details how Malawi will develop all areas of road network, civil aviation, railway and water transport and the infrastructures needed.

Mutharika said if Malawi is to evolve into a middle income economy, there is need to put proper systems in place.

Vice President Dr.Saulos Chilima and Cabinet Ministers Kondwani Nankhumwa and Bright Msaka present at the launch (C) Stanley Makuti
Some of the infrastructures proposed are construction of airports in Mangochi and Mzuzu, construction and improving existing ports, construction of an expressway between Limbe and Blantyre.

Also, it requests the introduction of mass transportation to reduce congestion, extension of the railway network to Tanzania and modernized airports for big foreign airlines to be landing.
“I want to modernize our cities by introducing a new system of transportation because our goal is to reduce congestion.

“With this master plan, we will see more dual carriage highways, more flyovers, continuation of constructing by-pass roads and construction of modern state-of- the- art roads.

President Mutharika,Vice President Dr.Saulosn Chilima and the Local Government Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa present at the launch (C) Stanley Makuti
“The railway lines connecting to the ports will also reduce the costs of transportation on goods, thereby making goods cheaper,” said Mutharika.

World Bank country manager Greg Toulmin speaking earlier said the NTMP marks a milestone in the transport sector of Malawi.

He said a successful transport sector is an introductory element for the foundation of a sound economy.

Toulmin said one challenge Malawi faces is that costs of transportation are among the highest in the region but said it was pleasing to note that the NTMP provides plans to tackle just that.

22 Responses to "World Bank, Engineers Hail APM For Launching Masterplan To Revamp Malawi Transport Sector"

  1. Anonymous   March 16, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    World bank imawopa boma

  2. Anonymous   March 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Leave PROFESSOR rule again in 2019 for better infrastructure in Malawi.. At least he’s doing the best …wansanje aksnyere manyi abakha…

    • Anonymous   March 16, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      komanso opunsa ngati iwe ukapsere manyi a nkhumba!

  3. Anonymous   March 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Oh no more propaganda. Time is up. Just leave state house for Dr Chakwera

  4. Anonymous   March 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Why does it seem like development I only about people who are educated, well to do,and such. What about the jobless,poor people, uneducated and the likes ? Will people use these facilities on empty stomachs,bare foot ,not to mention empty pockets. What about time limit set only to the underprivileged. Those who are arrested for having one or two drinks after dark. Arrested for watching football at night. What about those whose little snack businesses are confisticated and themselves arrested. Are these people going to be allowed to use these facilities ?
    How does a matured person stand in front of Malawi citizens and convince them of no more blackouts, when he knows very well(I will put it lightly) it’s not the truth


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