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China-Linked Group Will Run Angolan Transport Corridor

Map of the Lobito transport corridor linking the DRC to Angola's Lobito Port

The Angolan government has signed a $450 million agreement with the Portuguese infrastructure group Mota-Engil to run rail and logistics in the Lobito Transport Corridor, which connects Lobito Port to the mining zone in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mota-Engil is partly owned by China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC) and the deal increases the Chinese stake in the project, following a deal last year for China International Trust Investment Corp (CITIC) and Shandong Port Group to run operations at Lobito Port. The impetus behind the development is to cleave some of the DRC’s mineral exports away from South Africa’s Durban Port. 

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