African Development Bank expected to grant additional aid to Mozambique to repair roads

6 December 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Dec – The Mozambican government and the African Development Bank may this month sign an agreement for an additional pay out of US$40 million to repair and asphalt the Liching-Montepuez road, the Mozambican press reported.

The project, which is expected to cost US$105.93 million, is also being paid for by the Mozambican government and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Sweden’s international development agency, ASDI.

On the side of Cabo Delgado province, the project has so far included refurbishment of the Pemba-Montepuez section of the road, which was also funded by the ADB, and conclusion of the Lichinga-Montepuez road will provide an easy link between the capital of Niassa province and that city in Cabo Delgado province.

Last week the CEO of the African Development Bank (ADB), Pedro Tombwele, visited Mozambique from Monday to Thursday with a view to improving the bank’s involvement in Mozambique, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

In a statement, the Ministry for Planning and Development said that this month a further two deals were due to be signed, one for the national Programme for Water and Rural Sanitation and the second for additional funding for the Montepuez-Lichinga road. (macauhub)