Mozambique: Delegation from Inhambane province visits Xiamen, China

5 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Sept – A delegation from the Mozambican provincial government of Inhambane is due to travel to China for negotiations on aid to build a bridge between the cities of Inhambane and Maxixe, expected to cost US$50 million, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported Thursday.

Provincial governor, Itae Meque said that the trip to China followed an invitation from the Xiamen authorities. Xiamen is a special economic region of China located in Fujian province, with which Inhambane has ties of friendship and cooperation.

Between 8 and 11 September the 12th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) is due to take place, at which Inhambane will exhibit its potential with the aim of attracting foreign investment.

The Cape Verdean secretary of state for the Economy, Humberto Brito, is also due to travel to Xiamen next week after a visit to Macau, to sign na Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement to fund Electronic Governance (EGOV) projects.

Of the total value of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, US$82.5 million are for projects to be carried out during the second half of this year.

The EGOV project will cost some US$30 million, 13 container scanners will cost US$12.5 million and funding of the first phase of social housing in Cape Verde is estimated at US$40 million. (macauhub)