Japan grants loan to Mozambique to repair Nampula-Cuamba road

11 March 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 March – Japan has granted Mozambique a loan of US$60 million to fund work to repair the Nampula-Cuamba road, which links the provinces of Nampula and Niassa, with the respective contract signed Wednesday in Maputo, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper, Notícias.

The total cost of the work, which involves repairing 348 kilometres of road, is US$270 million, with Mozambique also counting on funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) and South Korea, as well as this from Japan, via the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Repair of the Nampula-Cuamba road, work on which is due to begin in the fourth quarter of this year and to take two years, is part of the Nacala Corridor project and is included in the protocol for Transport, Communications and Meteorology of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), which aims to totally integrate infrastructures and operations to better meet the needs of users in the region.

The Nampula.-Cuamba road, once it has been repaired will allow for better access and transport of agricultural products from the two provinces and also reduce international transport costs from Mozambique to Malawi and Zambia. (macauhub)