Work on over 800 km of roads in Mozambique due to begin using funding from Portugal

16 January 2012

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Jan – Construction work on four road corridors with 821 kilometres of roads in the Mozambican provinces of Gaza, Manica and Caboe Delgado are due to begin soon after Portugal paid out the funding it had pledged, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The corridors run from Caniçado to Chicualacuala, in Gaza, which is 322 kilometres long, Chimoio to Espungabera, which is 215 kilometres, the third starts at Mueda and crosses Oasse/Mocímboa da Praia and Namoto, and is 181 kilometres long, and the Maciomoa-Oasse corridor is 103 kilometres.

The contracts for the projects were signed in 2011 and are worth a total of 14.4 billion meticals (US$535 million), accounting for 45 percent of total expenditure on roads in 2012.

Citing figures from the Roads Fund, Notícias said that it had not been a lack of funding holding the projects up but rather some bureaucratic issues that meant funding was not available, which had now been overcome. (macauhub)