July 5th, 2011 News

Tete Bridge, Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 July – The governments of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe last week in Tete signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to exchanging information and data on the Zambezi River basin on a regular basis, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The venture is inspired by the Protocol on Shared Waterways in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and signing the memorandum is the result of recognising that not sharing information has affected the facilities located along the basin, but also affects the economic and social development of its neighbouring communities.

The Zambezi basin, which covers an area of approximately 1.3 million square kilometres, includes territories of eight African countries: Mozambique, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Namibia.

The memorandum aims to establish a framework of cooperation between institutions from the three countries in order to exchange hydro-meteorological data and information about the dams along the river and thus better manage the water resources in the Zambezi basin.

Under the terms of the memorandum, the three countries undertake to promote the exchange of relevant information to ensure the safety of the environment and the dams, use of water to generate electricity, based on the laws in place in each country. (macauhub)