Mozambican government launches project to combine development strategies for the Nacala Corridor

8 May 2012

The Mozambican government has launched a project intended to bring together the development strategies for the Nacala Corridor, in order to take advantage of the agricultural and energy potential of the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa, Zambézia, and Tete, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper also said that the initiative was jointly implemented by the Ministry for Planning and Development, the Office for Accelerated Development Economic Zones (Gazeda) and by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

At the session to launch the initiative Friday in Maputo, the minister for Planning and Development said that the project was intended to be an effective guideline for development, promotion of public and private investment, sustainable management of resources and strengthening of economic and social growth along the Nacala Corridor.

Aiuba Cuereneia also said that like the Maputo and Beira corridors, the Nacala Corridor brought together around it, “synergies that should be developed to agglomerate the projects that are being carried out within it.”

“This being the case, the development strategy for the Nacala Corridor will make it possible for all projects launched in the region to be coordinated and harmonised taking into account all aspects that should be considered for its development,” the minister said.

The potential identified in the provinces covered by the corridor led the Mozambican government to approve a number of projects, including the road that will link Nacala, in Nampula province to Cuamba and Lichinga in Niassa province, which is funded by Japan, as well as agricultural development of tropical savannahs through the ProSavana project promoted by Mozambique, Japan, and Brazil, and the project for emergency repairs and expansion of the port of Nacala. (macauhub)