Mozambique’s airport company needs US$170 million to improve infrastructure

27 February 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Feb – Mozambican state airport manager, ADM, needs US$170 million to invest in its three-year plan to develop and improve the infrastructure of all the country’s airports, the chairman pf the company said Monday in Maputo.

Of that amount, ADM has pledges for just US$21 million from the Danish agency for international development (Danida) for airport projects in central Mozambique.

During a meeting in Maputo to present a summary of the company’s activities in 2006, Diodino Cambeza said that ADM was investing US$2 million in Vilanculos airport, although more than US$10 million were needed for work on this airport.

According to Cambeza, ADM is negotiating a US$70-million loan with banks to modernize and expand Maputo’s international airport.

Although these and other funds are as yet unavailable, Cambeza said he was convinced that the work would begin in the first half of this year, as they are three-year projects that, “must be concluded in 2009.”

Cited by Mozambican news agency AIM, the chairman of ADM also said that Pemba airport, in the capital of Cabo Delgdo province, was another infrastructure that needed work projected to cost US$60 million.

ADM manages 19 airports all over Mozambique. (macauhub)

MACAUHUB FRENCH