According to official statements, the three countries agreed in the Angolan city of Lobito to make optimal use of Angola's Lobito Corridor, to facilitate the export of minerals coming from the mineral-rich Greater Katanga region of the DRC and the Copperbelt province of Zambia.
Official reports state that the three countries have agreed on the transfer of the concession of railway services and support logistics of the Lobito Corridor to Lobito Atlantic Railway, the company that will take over the operation, management and maintenance of the rail infrastructure for the transport of goods for the corridor.
The Lobito Corridor has a set of rail, port, airport, and road infrastructures that connect the coastal Lobito city to the DRC and Zambia, which could play an important role not only in economic growth in the respective countries, but also in regional economic integration.
Les Présidents Tshisekedi (#RDC), Hichilema (#Zambie) et Lourenço (#Angola) ont présidé, ce mardi, la cérémonie de signature d'un accord pour renforcer les exportations des minerais à travers l'utilisation du corridor ferroviaire angolais de #Lobito. pic.twitter.com/dlHcXZ2USY
Presidents Tshisekedi ( #RDC ), Hichilema ( #Zambie ) and Lourenço ( #Angola ) chaired, on Tuesday, the signing ceremony of an agreement to strengthen mineral exports through the use of the rail corridor Angolan of #Lobito.
"The full operationalization of this corridor will ultimately allow the opening up of mines in Zambia and the DRC, as well as access to and circulation of inputs essential to both the mining and agricultural industries," said DRC President Felix Tshisekedi.
According to Angolan President Joao Lourenco, the corridor will boost intra-African exports, while commending the materialization of commitments made within the Southern African Development Community and the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The Atlantic port of Lobito, along with the Benguela railroad, makes up the Lobito Corridor, which reaches more than 1,300 km deep into the continent, making it the quickest export route for copper, cobalt and other ores from Zambia, the DRC and beyond.
Official reports show that, on Monday, prior to the agreement, Angola announced the establishment of a fiber optic connection with the DRC and Zambia.