Chinese community in Maputo, Mozambique to have residential neighbourhood in Catembe district

6 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Sept – a residential neighbourhood for the Chinese community is due to be built in Catembe district, Maputo municipality, a project carried out as part of the twinning agreement between the cities of Maputo and Shanghai, said the mayor of the municipality.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, David Simango said that the project “comes at a good time” and fitted in with the project to develop that area of the capital where a number of urbanisation projects were due to be put in place, “to prevent anarchy setting in in terms of land use.”

Representatives of the two municipalities have visited Catembe district to discuss the practical aspects of the project, which also includes construction of a hotel in an area that has already been identified and the Chinese delegation that recently visited Mozambique took with it concrete proposals of projects it wanted to build in Catembe, which will now be discussed and adjusted with the Mozambican authorities.

According to the Mayor of Maputo, the idea of building a city on the other side of the bay would be a replica of a new settlement that the Chinese have built in Shanghai, a new city that was built on the other side of the river that separates old Shanghai from new Shanghai.

In terms of the bridge that will link Maputo to Catembe, Simango said that a company had been pre-qualified to carry out the work and that discussions would continue until work began, and that the entire project was set up both from a technical and financial point of view. (macauhub)