Mozambican government invests US$5 billion in infrastructures and means of transport

18 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 March – Mozambique’s government between 2008 and 2010 invested some 32 billion meticals (US$1 billion) in infrastructure and means of transport, the country’s minister for Transport and Communications said Thursday.

Cited by Mozambican news agency AIM Paulo Zucula, who was responding to questions put to him by members of parliament, mentioned the construction of several bridges, including one of the Zambezi rover, airports, such as those at Maputo and Vilanculos, dredging of the ports of Maputo and Beira, reconstruction of the Ressano Garcia, Limpopo and Sena railroads, and roads as the infrastructures on which the cash had been spent.

“As well as infrastructures, the government also invested in means of transport such as aircraft, motorboats, buses and others,” Zucula said.

However, the minister recognised that the government’s efforts had had not met the expectations and needs of the population.

“When compared with the resources available in the country and the capital markets, the government’s effort was quite large but, when you compare that with the expectations and needs of the country, it ad an impact that was less than desired,” the minister said. (macauhub)