Mozambique’s 2012 budget sets aside funding for Capulana tourism project

9 January 2012

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Jan – Mozambique’s 2012 General State Budget has set aside 48 million meticals (US$1.7 million) for the Capulana tourism project.

The Capulana project was launched in 2008 and was intended to provide decent accommodation in the country’s districts. Its first unit was opened in 2009 in the Moamba district of Maputo province, southern Mozambique.

The project, for rural areas of Mozambique, includes construction of small medium to high range hotel resorts in 64 districts in the country, specifically in areas with a lack of accommodation.

Some units are already being built in phases although financial difficulties have led to some delays. There is currently no publically-available information about an Indian US$5 million line of credit announced in 2011 by Tourism Minister Fernando Sumbana.

Last year was intended to see construction of five Capulana units in the districts of Mueda (Cabo Delgado), Gorongosa (Sofala), Funhaloro (Inhambane), Chókwè and Mwadjahane (Gaza).

Construction work is underway at three units in the districts of Mandimba (Niassa), Alto-Molócué (Zambézia) and Guijá (Gaza), although the latter is at a standstill due to a lack of funding. (macauhub)