Mozambique: Delay in work on the port leads to loss of revenue for Zambezia province

18 January 2008

Quelimane, Mozambique, 18 Jan – The delay in reconstruction of the port of Quelimane was one of the reasons for Mozambique’s Zambezia province experiencing a loss of revenues in 2007, the province’s governor, Carvalho Muária, told Mozambican newspaper, Notícias.

According to the governor, as well as the delay to work on the port, which meant that the province’s main products were not exported via that port, the ban on exporting wood logs also had a negative impact on revenue.

Thus, whilst the province’s budget outlined income of 941.7 million meticais, the actual revenue was 728.8 million meticais.

Reconstruction work on the port, estimated to cost US$11 million, began in July 2007, with the port currently operating at 50 percent of its capacity.

The refurbishment project is being financed by the German government, with Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique providing around US$1 million. The management of Quelimane port was handed over in July 2004 to Cornelder Quelimane, under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement.

Focused on shipping service, the port of Quelimane has the potential to serve traffic from the interior of Zambezia province, where wood is produced in regions such as Lugela, and tobacco and maize from Milange, amongst other types of goods that are currently exported via Nacala port. (macauhub)