A road and rail bridge linking Botswana and Zambia aimed at easing congestion at border crossings and boosting trade was inaugurated on Monday.
The multimillion-dollar project stretches for some 3,000 feet over the Zambezi River, providing an alternative route for haulers.
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday said the bridge will lower the cost of doing business, while anticipating “an increase in trade and competitiveness, job creation, tourism and other positive ripple effects.”
On the other hand, Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the bridge would “open avenues for improved trade.” He added that Botswana regarded Zambia as a key strategic partner in development, and the project was a demonstration of the continued growing relations.
The project which began in December 2014 cost about $259m. It was co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), regional governments and other grants.