Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Nov – The identity of the three companies that will carry out repairs on the 350 kilometres of road linking Cuamba to Nampula in northern Mozambique, will be announced in the next few days, a government source told Macauhub in Maputo.
The Mozambican government since October has been assessing the proposals put forward by several companies for the tender launched by the National Roads Administration (ANE), and the winners are now due to be announced and submitted for final approval to donors.
The work will be funded from several sources, including Japan, which is expected to provide a loan of US$60 million to Mozambique to rebuild the road.
Last October the Mozambican government took on a loan of US$20 million from South Korea’s Export-Import Bank to fund the first phase of the project to improve the Nacala corridor, of which the Nampula-Cuamba road is part.
The total cost of the project, which involves repairing 348 kilometres of road, is US$270 million and Mozambique will also receive funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) and South Korea, as well as Japan, via the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Work to repair the road is expected to take around two years to conclude.
As well as being part of the Nacala corridor, the Nampula-Cuamba road is part of the Protocol for Transport, Communications and Meteorology of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), which aims to totally integrate the region’s infrastructure. (macauhub)