The Mtwara Corridor runs from the Indian Port of Mtwara in Tanzania. It stretches along several towns in Tanzania and connects to Mbamba Bay on the Eastern
of Lake Malawi. From Mbamba Bay the corridor moves across Lake Malawi to NkhataBay on the Western side of Lake Malawi. From NkhataBay it passes through dry land to Mzuzu. It is this road section of the corridor that the Malawi Government has ear marked for rehabilitation for now.
The road will not only facilitate movement of goods from areas in the North and other parts of Malawi but also into the neighboring countries like Zambia.
Because it provides a north-south link from Tanzania to Malawi and through Malawi to other SADC countries, the road is considered to be of strategic importance in terms of trade. The road was therefore earmarked for rehabilitation as part of the SADC Regional Trunk Road Network Development under the Mtwara Transport Development Corridor.
The project will be financed though a lone from the African Development Bank (AfDB)