Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Nov – The Chinese ambassador to Mozambique, Huang Songfu, Friday in Maputo gave assurances that more Chinese projects would be set up in the country.
The Chinese diplomat made the statement during the inauguration of the new international passenger terminal of Maputo International Airport, which was attended by Mozambican president, Armando Guebuza and the Minister for Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula.
The international passenger terminal represents the second phase of refurbishment and modernisation of Maputo International Airport, after the first stage inaugurated the cargo terminal in 2009.
Work on the third phase, which will be the final one, involves refurbishment and modernisation of the domestic passenger terminal, which is due to begin in the first few months of 2011.
“The inauguration of this facility reflects the dynamism that Mozambique is witnessing,” said the Chinese ambassador, whilst noting that the “inauguration of the terminal is a sign that more Chinese projects will emerge in the country.”
Refurbishment of Maputo International Airport, which began just over two years ago at the hands of China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC), has so far cost US$75 million, a mixed loan from China, US$50 million of which is a subsidised loan and the remaining US$25 million at commercial rates.
It is estimated that after conclusion of the work Maputo airport will process 900,000 passengers per year as of 2016, as compared to 450,000 at the moment.
Maputo airport, with the modernisation underway, will be able to receive Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, and currently receives Airbus 340 aircraft.
Chinese companies are involved in several sectors in Mozambique, notably the infrastructure construction sector.
TAP-Air Portugal, South African Airways (SAA), Kenya Airways and Angolan airline Taag currently fly routes to Mozambique.
Mozambique and China are analysing the possibility of setting up air direct air links between Shanghai and Maputo. (macauhub)