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Harare - Zimbabwe signed an agreement on Monday with Chinese and Austrian firms to upgrade a busy highway, a deal that will be one of the country's biggest road projects since independence 36 years ago.

China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co, will partner Austria's Geiger International to upgrade and add more lanes to the 900 km (558 mile) highway from Beitbridge on the border with South Africa to Chirundu on the Zambian border.

The highway is economically significant as it links landlocked Zimbabwe and Zambia to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa.

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