The Presidents of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe are scheduled to meet in Botswana on 10th March 2018 to assess progress on the construction of the Kazungula Bridge that will connect eight Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.
"His Excellency Lt. Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, His Excellency Edgar Lungu and His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa will visit Kasane on Saturday 10th March at 0900hrs to appreciate progress on the Kazungula Bridge project and conduct a Kazungula Bridge tour," said the Botswana government.
The Kazungula Bridge, a multinational project on the North South Corridor (NSC) in the SADC region, is part of the infrastructure improvement programme intended to boost regional integration.
In a statement, the Botswana government said that the Kazungula Bridge project will connect Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe and improve trade relations among SADC countries.
"The project will facilitate trade through reduced transit time for freight and passengers; reduce time-based trade and transport costs; and improve border management operations arising from the new one-stop border facilities,” the government said.
Furthermore, "the project will contribute to boosting of the regional economy through increased traffic throughout the North-South Corridor; increased global competitiveness of goods as a function of reduced time-based trade and transport costs; and reduction of transit time from three days to less than half a day."