Government of Mozambique to invest US$20 million in reconstruction of Nampula-Cuamba road

13 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Oct – The government of Mozambique plans to invest US$20 million in the reconstruction of the Nampula-Cuamba road, as part of an overall project to improve transport facilities in the Nacala corridor, a government spokesman said Tuesday in Maputo.

According to spokesman Alberto Nkutumula the funding is from a loan provided to Mozambique by the Korean Import and Export Bank, under the terms of an agreement signed in September in Seoul and ratified Tuesday by the Council of Ministers.

The project will have a direct impact on traffic time, cost of transports of people and goods, improvement of access by communities to social services and markets, increasing competitiveness between countries involved in international trade by reducing operating costs and, finally, contribute to reducing poverty in areas crossed by the corridor.

The project, Nkutumula added, would cover 787,000 people in Mozambqiue and 669,000 in Malawi.

Overall, the project outlines intervention in a total of 10,33 kilometres of roads in Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, work which is due to be carried out in three phases. The first covering 361 kilometres of road between Mozambique and Malawi, the second covering 360 kilometres in Zambia.

The third phase includes work on 312 kilometres of roads in Mozambique and Malawi, as well as construction of two border posts linking the three member countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). (macauhub)