Mozambique’s Road Sector Program officially launched in Maputo

1 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 1 March – The Mozambican government and a group of international donors Wednesday in Maputo officially launched the Integrated Program for the Road Sector (Prise), which aims to ensure the growth and maintenance of the country’s road network, officials said.

This program, which covers the 2007 to 2009 period, is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of this year and the Mozambican state will provide 30 percent of the funding required for the project, via the Road Fund.

At the ceremony, the Public Works minister, Felicio Zacarias, said that the program , which is estimated to cost US$1 billion, required that the National Road Administration (ANE) be restructured, both on a central and a provincial level.

The reform of ANE includes the nomination of a new Board of Directors and the selection, via public appointment, of an executive director.

The drawing up of the program involved the government and several donor countries and includes the construction, repair and maintenance of roads and bridges, the development of projects to test low cost materials and the launch of a road safety campaign.

In terms of repairs, the main priorities are some stretches of National Road 1, which links the north, center and south of the country, which have not been included in work done so far, as well as the Beira-Machipanda road in central Mozambique.

The Integrated Program for the Road Sector was designed as part of the Road Sector Strategy, which covers the 2007 to 2011 period (macauhub)