Mozambique: Construction of new Attorney-General headquarters granted to Chinese contractor

18 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 June – China National Complete Plant Import & Export Corporation is to build the building in which the Mozambican Attorney General’s Office will be housed in Maputo, the secretary-general of the Attorney General’s office said Tuesday.

Ariano Boane told Portuguese news agency Lusa that construction of the new headquarters would cost US$40 million and work was due to begin in the second half and scheduled to take 24 months.

The budget for this project is from a credit line opened up by the Chinese government for Maputo, as part of the agreements signed by the two countries, during the 2007 visit to Mozambique by Chinese president, Hu Jintao.

China National Complete Plant Import and Export Corporation is headquartered in Beijing and is a state construction company founded in 1959.

Other Chinese construction companies are involved in important construction projects in Mozambique, such as the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC) which is modernising Maputo International Airport, a project estimated to cost US$75 million.

The AFEC is also to modernise and expand the airport of Vilanculos in Inhambane province, southern Mozambique, in order to increase its capacity from 50,000 to 200,000 passengers per year. The contract is worth an estimated US$15 million.

These projects are part of a vast programme for rehabilitation and modernisation of Mozambique’s airport system, which also includes transform Nacala Airport from a military into a civil facility. Efforts are now underway to find funding for this project.

Some of the main projects in the capital have been handed over to Chinese companies, including the recently built Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation building and the Joaquim Chissano conference centre, which will soon be joined by a sports stadium with a 42,000 seater capacity, and the bridge linking Maputo to Catembe, on the southern bank of Maputo. (macauhub)