Lichinga-Cuamba road in Mozambique to cost US$244 million

25 November 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Nov – Reconstruction of the road between Lichinga and Cuamba, in Mozambique’s Niassa province, is set to cost US$244 million, an official from the Ministry for Public Works and Housing told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

A feasibility study for the project is due to begin in January and negotiations with Japan, one of the financing partners, are at an advanced stage.

At the end of the audience of the Minister for Public Works and Housing, Cadmiel Muthemba, with the Commission for Agriculture, Rural Development and Economic Activities and Services of the Republican assembly on the Economic and Social Plan for 2011, the source said that the feasibility study would be carried out by a Japanese company, as a condition of the financing.

Reconstruction of the road, which has been part of the government’s Economic and Social Plan for a long time, is part of the projects that the Minister for Public Works and Housing plans to carry out next year, which include reconstruction of 450 kilometres of roads.

The programme, amongst other activities, includes reconstruction or conclusion of the Xai-Xai-Chissibuca, Mocuba-Milange and Nampula-Cuamba, roads, the latter with the promise of funding from three entities, the African Development Bank (ADB), Japan and South Korea. (macauhub)