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Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia Agree Construction of Tri-State Bridge

Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia have agreed to cooperate in building a new bridge across the Zambezi River close to where their borders intersect, with the ultimate aim of stimulating tourism and intra-regional trade among the three countries.

The Southern African countries committed themselves to the project with the signature Monday of a memorandum of understanding in Harare by President Robert Mugabe, President Festus Mogae of Botswana and Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa.

Namibia is another potential beneficiary of the project, as its Capriva corridor connects the main part of the country to the area slated for development.

The bridge is projected to cost US$70 million; Japan is underwriting the project.

William Nhara, director of public affairs for President Mugabe, said the bridge project near the Kazungula wilderness is an efficient way to promote intra-regional trade.

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