Mpulungu & Bujumbura Port Project


  • Reference: P-Z1-DD0-004
  • Approval date: 13/12/1901
  • Start date: 01/01/2002
  • Appraisal Date: 15/02/2013
  • Status: ApprovedAPVD
  • Implementing Agency: --
  • Location: Zambia and Burundi (Lake. Tanganyika)


In Zambia and for Mpulungu Port, the Project will provide for:

(i) extension of one of the existing quays by approximately 120m with reclamation and paving behind the extended quay; and

(ii) provision of navigation aid system comprising transit lights and day marks as well as navigation lights for the jetty. In Burundi and for Bujumbura port the Project will provide for

(i) excavation and dredging to rehabilitate the existing petroleum jetty as well as a flood bank and protective dyke; and

(ii) fendering of main quay.


The expected impact of the Mpulungu and Bujumbura Ports Project is to increase economic growth and integration in the Subregion surrounding Lake Tanganiyka through reliable, efficient and seamless infrastructure that enhances the global competitiveness of the region. The objective of the Project is to provide improved lake port infrastructure facilities in Mpulungu and Bujumbura Ports and accessibility to markets for the Zambian and Burundian population. The Project will also provide assistance for preparation of feasibility and detailed design studies for investments anticipated under Phase II.


The Project will address regional development constraints and is therefore in line with AfDB's Medium Term Strategy (2008-2012). It is also central to the strategic objectives of providing investment and capacity building to facilitate delivery of priority regional infrastructure as per the Bank Group Regional Integration Strategy. In Zambia, the Project will support the Government's strong commitment to regional integration as demonstrated with its recent borrowing and project preparation for

(i) Multinational: Nacala Road Corridor Project, Phase II; and

(ii) the Kazungula Bridge Project. In Burundi, the Project will constitute a logical link in a sequence of recent road projects financed with AfDB assistance for the development of the Northern Corridor, such as the Multinational: Kicukiro-Kirundo road project (Burundi and Rwanda) and the Multinational: Nyamita nga-Ruhwa-Cyangungu-Mwityazo road project (Burundi and Rwanda).


In accordance with the Development Outcome Indicators for the Regional Operations Scorecard, the Project will provide the following benefits:

(i) Households (increase supply and reduce cost of products traded on Lake Tanganyika);

(ii) Governments (provide a fair deal and support Governments' efforts to regional integration through an innovative transport mode;

(iii) Effects on Infrastructure (enhance the number of reliable water transport services on Lake Tanganiyka for passengers and cargo, reduce passenger and cargo handling time, and reduce prices through enhanced efficiencies;

(iv) Effects on Macroeconomic Resilience (improved infrastructure services on Lake Tanganiyka will contribute positively to subregional trade (increased value of trade) and lessen the dependence on global markets. Long term regulations for the use of the Lake and protection of its environment are also envisaged;

(v) Environmental and Climate Change Effects (water transports is, per definition, the most fuel efficient of all transport modes and the Project will therefore by its very nature support reductions of CO2 emissions;

(vi) Gender and Social Effects (no households are contemplated replaced as a result of the Project); and (vii) Private Sector Development and Demonstration Effect (the Project will explore the potential for private sector operation of rehabilitated port facilities).

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Finance source Amount
GovernmentUSD 91,094
Co-financierUSD 1,717,766
DeltaUSD 3
TotalUSD 1,808,863