ZAMBIA COPPER EXPORTS WILL BE SHIPPED THROUGH KENYA'S MOMBASA PORT


Mombasa port may resume handling Zambian copper exports following increased mining targets.

Zambia used the port more than 30 years ago to ship rich copper exports and now wants this business restarted as soon as modalities are finalised.

Zambian Permanent Secretary for Communications and Transport Fustern Mambwe said the main mining pit in the town of Ndola was expected to produce 20 million tonnes between next year and 2010.

Leading a delegation of permanent secretaries and top company officials from Zambia to Mombasa, Dr Mambwe said his country has targeted copper exports to lead a major push in economic development.

Saying other smaller copper mines had been given production targets, the PS said cumulative amounts cannot rely on the two outlets of ports of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Durban in South Africa. Besides, he added, the two ports are congested as opposed to Mombasa.