Road Development, Rail and Air Transport

Road Development

The Province maintains a total of 2246 Km of both bituminous and unpaved roads, out of which 649 Km are bituminous while 1607 Km are unpaved.   The roads are designated as Trunk (425Km), main (178Km) and District (1,652Km).Since most of the roads in the Province are unpaved, routine maintenance is inevitable. The main transportation link of the Province to the rest of the country is the Great East Road

Rail Transport

Rail transportation in the province is through the Chipata-Mchinji, which was completed and commissioned in August 2010. The railway line connects the Province via Malawi, to the Indian Ocean port of Nacala in Mozambique.  It also provides connectivity to the corridor of Nacala and also the shire – Zambezi Waterway especially the World Inland Port of Nsanje and Chinde in Mozambique. The railway line is operated by Central and Eastern Africa Railways. The Chipat-Mchinji railway line necessitates investment in the operation of the rail way and dry port. There is also need for erection of warehouses to handle and store cargo that will be transported through Chipata-Mchinji railway line up to the Port of Nacala in Mozambique. Clearing and forwarding agencies are an essential component in this process. There is also need for insurance brokers to consider taking advantage of this project

Air Transport

Aviation transport in Eastern Province is also improving.  One international airport service the Province.  Mfuwe, which situated in Mambwe District.  The Chipata airport has also recently been rehabilitated and is open for commercial use.  There is a daily flight into the Province, either to Chipata or Mfuwe, serviced by a 17-seater plane with a 1 tonne cargo capacity.  Various chartered flights (especially for tourists flying in to visit the Luangwa National Park) also service the Province.