Maputo, Mozambique, 07 Dec – The Swedish government has granted a 22 million euro loan to Mozambique to partially finance construction of a new bridge over the Zambeze river in the country’s central region, Mozambican daily Diário de Notícias de Maputo reported Tuesday.
According to the report, the agreement was signed by deputy foreign minister, Henrique Banze and by Sweden’s ambassador to Mozambique, Maj-Inger Klingvall, in the presence of representatives of the Italian government and the European Union, which are also financing the project.
Speaking at the end of the ceremony, Banze said that the bridge over the Zambeze was important both on a regional and national level and would also promote national unity.
The bridge will provide an important road link between the north and south of the country. Currently a ferry service transports vehicles between Caia, in Sofala province on the southern bank of the river and Chimuara, in Zambézia, on the northern bank.
The new bridge, which will be 16-meters wide and 2,376 meters long, is due to be finished in the first half of 2008. (macauhub)