Chinese company may build Maputo-Catembe bridge in Mozambique

6 February 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Feb – The governments of Mozambique and China are expected to agree to the granting of several public construction projects in the Mozambican capital to a Chinese company, namely the construction of a bridge linking Maputo to Catembe, to the south of the city, officials have said.

The agreement is due to signed as part of the two-day visit to Mozambique b y Chinese president, Hu Jintao, on Thursday and Friday.

“It’s possible that a memorandum will be signed,” said the Mayor of Maputo, Eneas Comiche, speaking to the press.

The agreement could also include the construction of a road linking Catembe to Ponta do Ouro and the urban renewal projects of neighborhoods in the Mozambican capital by the same Chinese company, Asia Assets Limited.

In the presence of the chairman of Asia Assets, Jay Jingdong Ouyang, Comiche said there was “a lot of openness,” to go through with the agreement.

“It is in our interest for the Chinese investments to go ahead,” said Comiche, adding that the Chinese businessman – who is part of Hu Jintao’s official delegation – also planned to “explore the possibilities of investing in Maputo.”

The infrastructures are part of a larger project for renewing the Mozambican capital, in order to attract tourists during the Soccer World Cup in 2010, in South Africa.

The inhabitants of Catembe, which by car is two hours from Maputo, have thus far made the crossing to Maputo by ferry. (macauhub)

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