Italy and World Bank fund construction of dams in Mozambique

5 February 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Feb – Italy and the World Bank are to fund the construction of four small and medium-sized dams in the Mozambican provinces of Manica and Sofala, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The paper said that the dams aimed to control water resources in periods of flooding for irrigation in the dry season and for power production for some nearby towns.

Rui Fonseca, of the technical department of the Central Regional Water Administration (ARA-Centro), told Notícias that the World Bank would invest US$35 million in the project, repayment of which would essentially depend on the approval of the economic feasibility project.

Italy, Fonseca said, had committed to provide financial support for the construction of one of the dams, in Manica, although figures were not provided.

The president of the municipality of Gorongosa, Moreze Cauzande, told the paper that one of the dams would start to be built this year and was scheduled to be ready in 2012 or 2013, and would benefit the town’s 75,000 residents. (macauhub)