HC Deb 18 March 1987 vol 112 c524W
69. Mr. Don Dixon

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on EEC aid for reconstruction of the Beira corridor as a means of securing for Zimbabwe and other landlocked countries in southern Africa transport routes alternative to those controlled by South Africa.

Mr. Chris Patten

About 40 per cent. of the 110 mecu (over £75 million) available under the third Lomé convention for regional projects in southern Africa will be spent on improving transport and communications, particularly the Beira corridor. This was established in a memorandum of understanding which was signed by the European Commission and the member states of the Southern Africa Development Co-ordination Conference (SADCC) in January 1986. A project worth around 40 mecu (about £30 million) for essential improvements to Beira port is now being prepared by the European Commission.

Britain will also be contributing bilaterally to the Beira corridor project.

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